STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A church in the Poconos needs your help as it attempts to set a world record this weekend. It will also serve as a fundraiser, to help the church make important repairs.
This steeple is the staple of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Stroudsburg.
To ring the bell before mass every Sunday morning, a church member squeezes through a small area on the second floor, to unleash the glorious sound heard throughout Stroudsburg.
Church leaders are attempting to set a world record for ‘the most people consecutively ringing a single steeple bell in 24-hours’. The ringing will start at 7:00 Saturday morning.
“It is the most unusual thing I think we’ve done in this church,” says Pat Rufe, Church Council Secretary.
The event will also help raise money for needed steeple repairs.
“The cost of our steeple repairs tripled because of lead remediation that we have to do. We want to protect our daycare that’s here, and our water supply for the community,” says Kris Battle, event organizer.
Ringing the bell costs between $5 and $10 dollars, depending on age. It’s free for children under 5 who are with a participating adult.
The church hopes to attract about 300 community members, who will each ring for five minutes.
“You just stand in line and ring our bell, that’s as easy as it is,” Battle adds.
Hoping to ‘ring in’ a record, and repairs.
There’s also events and activities happening at the same time. You can pre-register online or just show up at the church.