St. Simon by the Sea to construct new rectory

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MANTOLOKING — The Church of St. Simon by the Sea is beginning a new chapter in its 128-year history with the construction of a new church rectory.

Congregants and church leaders held a ceremonial ground breaking at the site of the new rectory on Sunday, Aug. 20, with the summer clergy on hand to mark the momentous occasion.

“It’s amazing in every way,” Rev. Tim Kimbrough, dean and rector of Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, Tennessee, and a summer pastor at St. Simon.

“When it seems so much is either wrong with the world or wrong with the church, this seems to be a little spot where people can come together with good will, the capability and desire to make things happen and I think this is just a small example of what they’re able to do,” he said.

When Superstorm Sandy hit Mantoloking in 2012, it exposed significant deficiencies in the rectory foundation that left the structure vulnerable to future storms, according to Sandy Diehl, president of the church board of trustees.

“We concluded that since we needed this rectory for another 100 years it would be best to rebuild,” Mr. Diehl said.

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