A Brooklyn congregation has a new place to pray after being forced out of its original location.
Congregants at Abundant Life Church attended their first service at a church on Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights on Sunday.
On December 5, they were forced out of P.S. 91 on Maple Street in Flatbush when the Supreme Court ruled against hearing a case that would allow churches to rent public school spaces.
Their new home, in the annex of an existing church, was discovered with the help of Pastor and New York Assemblyman Karim Camara.
"When you are comfortable in the home that your church worships. I don't want to use 'afraid,' but you have to do everything in your power to find a suitable place if the court decision in fact stands that we are prohibited from renting [Department of Education] space," said Camara. "Things just fell into place."
"I think the move is an amazing thing. After being a church for two years we finally get our own space, and I'm just so happy," said congregant Latonya Brathwaite.
"I think God had it all planned. We knew we were going to be here from the time that we came in and we saw it and we just left it in his hands," said congregant Karen Khan.
Church officials said the move may be a blessing in disguise. They are now going to be offering three services a week instead of just one, and they are even talking about adding a fourth.
"In this community, we can grab more people to bring them into our church and make our church grow bigger," said congregant Harold Williams.
"I think we have better transportation around here. Trains and buses are a little easier to maneuver in this area then where we were previously. So that's a plus," said parishioner Erica South.
More than 60 churches in the city have until February 12 to find a new home, when the Department of Education's ban on allowing churches in their schools takes effect.
Camara said he would do his part to help the other affected churches find new homes.