Buffalo Church Closes its Doors

October 11, 2012 Updated Oct 11, 2012 at 5:42 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

October 11, 2012 Updated Oct 11, 2012 at 5:42 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Tough times lead to the closing of a Western New York Church. The Evangelical Covenant Church of Buffalo on Kenmore Avenue says it had to make the tough decision because of the declining congregation. The church was founded nearly 122 years ago by Swedish Immigrants. Parishioners spent much of Thursday combing through church relics.

"I was a member of this church before I was born really," said member Marg Accardi. "My grandparents were members, my parents were, and my sister and I are still members. Now we're going to have to look for a new church along with everyone else and it's tough. It's really hard I don't even know where to begin."

The church got its start on the city's West Side by swedish immigrants. The ministry moved to various locations throughout the city before it built the Kenmore Avenue site in the 1940's. A local development company plans on converting the structure into apartments. The last service will be held Sunday at 10:30 in the morning.