LAKE PLACID - A pastor here has found it takes a lot of busy hands to rebuild a church.
That's what has been happening at the New Hope church on Station Street in Lake Placid for more than a year. The church members have started nearly from scratch, tearing down and now rebuilding their church.
"This was all done in-house we've done this without contractors," said New Hope Church pastor Richard Ducatt.
Here is the front of the New Hope Church as seen from Station Street in Lake Placid. (Photo — Matthew Turner)
Mike Borden, a 12-year church member, gave the Lake Placid News a tour of the inside of the church's redesigned building on May 19. Borden has been involved in the build and is considered to be one of the main volunteers.
"Only thing that stayed out of the old building was in the kitchen and parts of the bathrooms," Borden said.
There is a new multi-use recreation room that is planned to be used by the church's teenage members and a nursery room with its own bathroom.
"The sanctuary room was expanded considerably - 50 feet by 50 feet," Borden said.
The stage of the alter was raised higher, and the sound booth was moved to the back of the sanctuary room. Also added was a wheelchair-accessible ramp, which was interesting to build, Borden said. Recently the crew of volunteers added 5,000 feet of electrical cable throughout the building.
How many people does it take to build a church? About three people are working regularly during the week.
"And on the weekends, there are about eight of us," Borden said.
A furnace room was added behind the sanctuary room, and it will also be used for storing musical equipment and food.
Most recently, the volunteers have begun work on a car port. Its designed so members can be dropped off near the church without getting wet when it rains. The car port will be located on the parking-lot side of the building and will be 24 feet tall.
Ducatt, of Harrietstown, said the church members began to rebuild last summer.
Demolition began in the middle of October. Church members began ripping the place apart, taking off the roof and walls. The front of the building was extended out, and the walls to the right of the building, looking from the road, have been replaced. The double doorway entrance was also moved to the side of the building, facing the parking lot where the new car port will be.
The church is making its final push to complete the building. They are seeking donations and volunteer help to achieve that goal. They hope to finish by the end of this summer.
"August I'd like to see it done," Ducatt said. "I want to get it on the map."
Ducatt said the church's rebuilding efforts would not be possible without all the people who have donated so far. He has received donations from across the country to build the church.
"We have a build-it fund," Ducatt said. "I received money from Hawaii, Florida and Maine"
To donate, church staff can be reached at (518) 523-3652.