SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) - A new home for hundreds of St. John's Congregational Church members officially opened Sunday.
St. John's Congregational Church members are left their old church that was built before the Civil War and headed into the new building Sunday.
Just after 8 a.m. Sunday morning nearly 400 people were at Hancock and Quincy Streets in Springfield's Old Hill Neighborhood to march to the new building, called St. John's Destiny on Hancock Street.
After that, the churchgoers officially opened up the new church with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Then at 10 o'clock, the first Sunday worship service was held in the new sanctuary.
St. John's is one of the biggest pre-dominantly African American churches in Springfield.
The construction for the new building began about one year ago.
The new hall is named after the late Reverend Charles Cobb. Cobb was a pastor in the 50's and 60's. Reverend Cobb was a civil rights leader.