A local church is taking steps towards recovery today after a recent tragedy.
On July 3rd of last year, a car traveling at a high speed down Spaulding Street lost control and smashed into the New Beginnings Church on East Miller Street in Elmira.
The crash killed the driver of the vehicle and destroyed a Sunday school room. After 6 months of rebuilding, the room is finally repaired.
The Pastor at New Beginnings, Leanne Zeck, says today’s rededication of that room marks the end of an emotional time for church members. She says they are looking forward to healing and moving on.
“[This is] to continue on as a church in our ministry to the young people here in Elmira. It’s kind of a mix because we do know that the family and friends of the gentleman who passed are still mourning and we are praying for their healing as well,” Zeck said.
A mural was painted in the room to remember the man who died in the crash.
The artist says the mural represents new beginnings and hopes it will inspire the children of the church who helped paint it.
“It is an uplifting thing and we can move on and it becomes celebratory and so on. It hopefully is something inspiring for the children going through here and obviously the children helped to paint part of it so it was important for them,” artist Ron Tucker said.
The church celebrated the rededication today with a blessing by Bishop Mark J. Webb, a leader in the upper New York area.
A potluck dinner followed the ceremony.