SPBTS Ground Breaking Ceremony May 13th, 11am

Church Plans Groundbreaking Ceremony

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On Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for its building expansion.  The ceremony will be presided over by The Right Reverend Santosh K. Marray, the Bishop of Easton, and the Reverend Matthew D’Amario, Rector of St. Paul’s by-the-Sea.  The ceremony marks the final stage of the reconstruction of the church following the devastating fire in 2013.

Based on the plans prepared by the Becker Morgan Group, the scope of work includes the construction of a two story addition of approximately 2,300 square feet of usable space that replaces space lost from the destruction of the parish offices, and the addition of an accessible restroom in Dewees Hall, the parish’s community hall.  Gillis Gilkerson of Salisbury is the general contractor for the project.

“The custom of the church is to dedicate every new construction to almighty God and pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to lead, sustain and bring this project to completion” said Bishop Santosh Marray.  He further noted that the reconstruction effort is “an evangelical witness to the community we serve”.

The addition to the north side of the church will require the demolition of the temporary enclosure of the church built after the fire.  The use of the sanctuary for worship services will be unavailable after May 14.  The project is scheduled for completion by December 15, 2017. 

“The Vestry and the parish leadership have shown great vision and determination by moving ahead with this construction”, said Father Matthew D’Amario, Rector of St. Paul’s-by-the Sea.  D’Amario also indicated that plans are underway to conduct services in Dewees Hall during construction.

The addition to the church will replace the rectory that was destroyed in a fire on November 26, 2013 that claimed two lives including that of Reverend David Dingwall, the Rector of the church.   Donations for the building project may be made to the church’s Building Recovery Fund at 302 North Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842.

For more information contact:  Rev. Matthew D’Amario, 410-289-3453

St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Church, 302 North Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842


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