Kingston Presbyterian Church Welcomes Its New Steeple

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Workers from Campbellsville Industries of Campbellsville, Ky. place the finial in the spire at Kingston Presbyterian Church.

Nearly six months to the day the removal of the original began, a new steeple was placed atop Kingston Presbyterian Church on Route 27.

The entire process took about three hours, with first the bell vault being replaced, then the spire and finally – to applause and cheers from onlookers – the finial.

While the copper finial was refurbished, the bell vault and spire were reconstructed of aluminum cladding reinforced by structural steel. The originals were made in the mid-1800s of wood taken from a razed barn.

The new steeple was constructed from the design of the original.

Church officials felt it was better to reproduce the steeple with the new material rather than wood so that costly future repairs and maintenance could be avoided.

Some of the congregants wrote their names and messages on the steel supports.

“It’s a new chapter,” the Rev. Sharyl Dixon, the church’s pastor, said of the steeple replacement.

“It means that God’s doing something in this plac and is going to keep doing something in this place, the way He has for the last two centuries,” she said.

Dixon said she has been approached many times over the last six months by people asking when the steeple would be replaced.

“It’s an icon not only for the congregation but for the village,” she said. “People see it as they’re coming home, sitting in traffic. I think it’s been deeply missed by people.”

Total cost of the reconstruction is set at $260,000. The church has raised all but $33,000 of that, according to literature from the church.

Those interested in donating can send a check to Kingston Presbyterian Church, with Steeple Fund written on the memo line, 4565 Route 27, PO Box 148, Kingston, NJ 08528, or donate on the church’s PayPal site, accessible from its Web site.

New Steeple for Kingston Presbyterian Church



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