Renovations Begin at First Church

WOODS HOLE – After years of planning and fundraising construction has begun on major renovations at First Church of Woods Hole.

The $2.5 million project includes new façade, kitchen, and parish offices and as well as a spacious center for parish activities and community and organizational events.

Site work at the 166 year old structure commenced last week for a new septic system and a parking area and will continue with landscape work to protect two of the church’s popular beech trees.

“Thanks to the tremendous support from the community and parish, we anticipate that the First Church will be renovated and serving as our by the end of this year,” said the Rev. Deborah Warner, rector of the Episcopal church.

The First Church was originally built on the site where the Stone Church has stood since 1888. The renovations will make it possible for the Church of the Messiah’s campus to be situated on the same side of Church Street.

The church has already raised $1.6 million toward the First Church renovations, and fundraising continues within the parish and community at large.

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