Historic Park Slope church christening restored sanctuary with free concert

By Rosemary Misdary

Old First Reformed Church, a national historic landmark in Park Slope, is reopening with a public concert on Sunday, nearly eight years after the sanctuary ceiling collapsed.

The congregation was forced to move into the Sunday school area, and a second congregation relying on its sanctuary, Beth Elohim, lost space for its services.

“It was overwhelming,” said Jenn Cribbs, a parishioner since 2008. “There was a lot of fear around what it meant for our congregation, for the building. We felt very, very small in the face of it.”

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