Re: new to this seeking help to help a lovely old church.
If there's a historical preservation committee or society in your area, contact them. They will be able to point you toward resources and contractors that can help you out.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.