Church breaks ground on addition

May 25, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART


It's almost a nice problem for a church pastor to have -- your congregation is growing at a rate that means an addition to the current building is a must.

The Rev. Robert C. Jones, pastor of Valley Assembly of God Christian Life Center in Halfway, presided over a groundbreaking Sunday morning after worship for just such a likelihood.

Jones led the congregation in prayer as he ceremoniously shoveled the first piece of ground for the multipurpose addition.

"We will be able to have a lot more youth activities," Jones said. And that is just the beginning.

The ceremony was dubbed "New Beginnings" and the church at 17544 York Road isn't wasting any time getting started on the ambitious project.


Contractor Randy McClure of Brothers Construction Co. in Boonsboro attended the service Sunday.

"We will be getting started the first week of June," he said.

Plans call for the basic structure to be finished by September.

"There will be a gymnasium, a larger kitchen and plans for a future stage," McClure said.

The addition, which will be built onto the back of the existing building, will be approximately 9,000 square feet.

Jones said additional parking also will be added.

"We have been putting money aside and there will be special offerings," Jones said. The rest will be secured through a mortgage.

McClure said he already has encountered a "lot of generosity" from some of his subcontractors, too.

It has been a prayer come true for the congregation that has been at its present location for nearly five years.

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