FUMC to break ground on addition

Published 2:16 am Friday, October 12, 2018

First United Methodist Church has almost completed Phase I of its renovation and expansion project in downtown Andalusia, and is planning a groundbreaking for its new children’s facility.

FUMC minister Dr. Jason Thrower said the first phase of construction included renovating the fellowship hall and kitchen, as well as addressing water damage in several places, including the church’s iconic bell tower. Sidewalks have been removed to address needed repairs to pipes, but will be put back in place, he said.

A new ground level entrance also is being created, he said.

“They are telling me they will be done with Phase I by Oct. 25,” Thrower said.

The next phase is a 6,500 square foot addition, which will connect seamlessly to what is now the youth building. The new building is designed to safety, provide a check-in and check-out area, and have an indoor play area. Once that is completed, the existing children’s wing, which faces the side of city hall, will be demolished and additional parking will be added.

The groundbreaking for the children’s wing will immediately follow the Sunday morning service on Oct. 28.