The second phase of a multi-year project at First Baptist Church began Sunday, as members of the church took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Family Ministry Center.
“Today’s groundbreaking represents so much of who we want to be as a church,” First Baptist minister Dr. Ray Ammons shared before the ceremony began.
According to Ammons, the new ministry center will not only benefit the church members, but serve the entire community. The plans for the new building are to include a fellowship area, a kitchen and a multipurpose room that will be a gym and stage area.
“This will be a place the community can come together,” Ammons noted.
Throughout the week, Ammons said the church will use the new center for regular gatherings and dinners.
“We plan to use this facility in many ways,” Ammons said. “Our hope is this will encourage some fellowship among the people in the community.”
The second purpose of the new center is to encourage ministry. Currently being held in a small classroom inside the church, a soup kitchen is held every Thursday. Ammons and his congregation are hoping the soup kitchen can move into the larger space and serve more people in the community.
“Through the new Family Ministry Center, we hope people will experience God’s love,” Ammons shared. “There are many needs in our community, and hopefully the new Ministry Center will allow us to better identify those needs and be proactive in doing something about them.”
As part of the church’s vision for the center, Ammons said the new building will also be utilized as somewhere medical and dental clinics can set up and better serve the county’s residents who are in need.
Throughout Ammons’ four years as minister at First Baptist Church, he said the church congregation has been in constant prayer. Discussion for the multi-phase project began in 2006, with phase one being the renovations to the sanctuary. Those renovations have been completed, and Ammons said the church felt it was time to begin on the second phase.
The Family Ministry Center will be approximately 12,000 square feet. The multipurpose room will be large enough to seat 250 people at tables or hold around 400 people in chairs. Once the site work and grading is done, Ammons said the construction portion of the project could begin and should take about six months.
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