NEWINGTON – While churches everywhere are closed to stop the spread of COVID-19, one faith family is finalizing plans for its first permanent home.
Catedral de Adoração applied for and received a special permit from Newington’s Town Plan & Zoning Commission (TPZ) to move into 155 Lowrey Pl. in Northwood Plaza, next to the former Best Market.
TPZ approved the group’s application for a special permit for a place of worship after a public hearing at its April 6 meeting, with no objection.
“It will be nice to get a church over there in that building; I congratulate them,” Chairman Dominic Pane said.
A Brazilian congregation based in the Christian faith, the CDA is led by co-Pastors Wellington Oliveira and Valdinei Dias. Members speak Portuguese.
“We are a new church with about 70 members so far,” spokeswoman Fernanda Delisle said. “We were doing our services at the Holiday Inn in East Hartford prior to renting the space in Newington and then the coronavirus appeared.”
The virus pandemic has strained many faith organizations as they are unable to continue services with the social distancing measures currently in place. Church leaders are waiting for executive orders to be lifted before beginning their services in the new location.
“Right now we have stopped services, but our plan is to open in the new space in two or three months,” financial administrator Renato Almeida said over the phone this week.
The church’s membership hails from the surrounding region, making Newington an ideal new home.
“A lot of our members live in Newington and some live in West Hartford, so the location is central for everybody,” Delisle explained. “Also, parking won’t be an issue in the plaza. The space there is exactly what we need. The town has been fabulous working with us and we appreciate that.”
The state has yet to confirm when restrictions on public gatherings will end, so the church has no set timeline for an opening.
“We’re hoping for sometime this summer but it’s hard to say because of what’s happening nationwide,” Delisle said.
Upon opening, members will gather Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. for a bible study and then every Sunday at 6 p.m. for a weekly worship service.
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