A new Solid Rock Church is opening its doors in the Bronx
NEW YORK CITY – – – The Solid Rock church in the East Village is coming to the Bronx.
The church, founded by Rev. Peter Koppelman, opened its doors to the public on April 7.
Koppelman says he decided to open the church in response to a growing trend in the New York City area of churches shutting down.
Karen Gazzaniga, founder of the Solid Rock, says the church has been open for more than 20 years, but recently it has felt a need to expand its services and focus on serving those who are less fortunate.
Kunami and Hurricane Sandy have made it difficult for people in need.
Gazzanigas and the church’s founder, Rev. Dr. Steven D. Smith, say there is not enough space in the church for all of the people in the community.
The church has an enrollment of about 1,400 people.
Kopman says the idea for the Solid rock came after he saw his son struggling financially and wanted to offer support.
He says he is excited to open a church that will help people who are in need in the area.
“I’m hoping that by opening up this church we can open up doors for other people who might not have had the same opportunity to help people that we have,” Smith says.
He says the Solid church has helped more than 100 people in New York and has helped thousands of others in the past year.
Kendrick Davis, a pastor at the church, says that while there are still people in distress, he believes that with a little faith and a little love, a lot can change for people.
The Solid Rock is the brainchild of Koppelles mother, who says she wants the church to be a sanctuary for the homeless, the children of single mothers and the children that are born with disabilities.
The Solid rock has been a church for over 40 years.
“When I was a little girl my momma said ‘If you have a dream, you have to have a solid foundation,'” Davis says.
Davis is a teacher at a Manhattan preschool and has been helping people in his community with special needs since he was a child.
“There’s a lot of people that come to me for help and support.
They need me for that,” he says.
The new Solid rock is part of the group of churches that opened their doors to New York residents after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the city in October 2012.
A number of those churches closed due to the flooding and storm.
Koppelman says this new church will be a safe place to share his faith with the community, including the homeless.
Kapadia says the new Solid church will also serve as a place where people can meet to talk about issues that they may be experiencing.
He hopes that it will be more than just a church, but will become a community center where people from all walks of life can come together.
“We have a very different culture in New Yorkers, we have a lot more people that are working class, people that live on welfare, people who live in poverty,” Kapadia says.
Kampias father and the pastor, James Kapadia, says he’s happy to be opening up the church as a welcoming place for people from around the world.
“This is an opportunity for us to open up to people and to help them and help them understand that the world is not all black and white.
It’s diverse,” Kapades father says.”
And we are all one and we are one family and we can all make a difference,” Kapadis father says of the new church.