Church displaced by Hurricane Irene celebrates Easter elsewhere

JERSEY CITY - The congregation from Jersey City's St. John's AME Church celebrated Easter in another church this Sunday. Their church, badly damaged by Hurricane Irene, is in need of repairs, but is struggling to raise money.

Rev. John Wingate, the pastor of St. John's, says parishioners have done work on their own and held fundraisers, but the church needs around another $100,000 to repair things. The church, which was built in 1880s was seriously damaged when Hurricane Irene struck New Jersey last summer, damaging its ceiling and food pantry.

Wingate says he hopes the church will be fixed in time for Easter service next year.

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