Historic Waterbury church receives large donation - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Historic Waterbury church receives large donation

Posted: Updated:
A Waterbury church was in danger of closing before a sizable donation. (WFSB) A Waterbury church was in danger of closing before a sizable donation. (WFSB)

A historic church in Waterbury was in danger of closing because of some financial times.

The St. John’s Episcopal Church has stood for more 140 years, however it was on the fringe of closing. But, recently, the church received a $250,000 donation.

After fewer people started attending St. John’s over the past decade, the church was on the cusp of shutting its doors.

Late last year, members were notified that church leaders were exploring a sale. Just over a month ago, a call came in from a stranger, who wanted to make a donation.

“Thinking, you know, $300-400 maybe even $1,000, instead she wrote a check for $250,000,” senior warden Jay Anthony said. “It was a wonderful thing to know that angels do walk amongst us.”

However, members of the St. John’s Episcopal Church need to raise more money In order to keep the congregation open past the next two years.

“I know it’s just a building but it’s our building,” Anthony said. “It’s a sacred spot it’s our sacred space.”

St. Johns leaders said they were recently approached by the leaders of another church, so they may end up sharing this space. The partnership is one way they can help preserve St. John’s Episcopal Church.

“I think it's fantastic,” parishioner Donna Gervickas said. “We are all here for the same purpose we are all here to worship.”

Anthony wouldn’t divulge which church its leaders are talking with since it’s preliminary.

Anthony added that the church is getting a boost from a national fundraising consultant willing to help out for free. The consultant is coming to Waterbury next week.

Copyright 2016 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.