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Providence UMC Breaks Ground on Phase I of Church Complex

Posted by: Chuck Dean on Mon, Jul 16, 2007


SPANISH FORT, Ala. – Providence United Methodist Church will soon move from a rented office building to its permanent church home on Jimmy Faulkner Drive in Spanish Fort, Ala. Groundbreaking for the new $2.2 million multi-purpose building will be held Sunday, July 22, at 11:30 a.m. at the site just northeast of Spanish Fort High School.

 “There is great joy in our congregation as we enter into this exciting phase of worship experience while building a permanent home for Providence United Methodist Church,” said PUMC building committee chairman Harold Morrow.

 The Rev. Bob Sweet, pastor of the 230-member congregation, said the public is invited to join the celebration. Bishop Larry Goodpaster, presiding bishop of the Alabama West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, will lead the 10 a.m. worship service at the church’s current location, 9543 Stagecoach Road in Spanish Fort. Following the worship service, the congregation will gather at the 15-acre site at 32200 Jimmy Faulkner Drive at approximately 11:30 a.m. A catered church picnic will follow at the Timber Creek Community Center.

 For information about the services and the church picnic, call Rev. Sweet at 626-2510.

 Morrow said construction on the 15-acre site will begin in September, and the 15,500-square-foot building is expected to be completed a year later in September 2008. The building, which is Phase I of a three-phase master plan for the church complex, will include a worship area with a seating capacity of 350, 12 classrooms, a fellowship area, kitchen, and church offices. Future construction will include a sanctuary and an education building.

 The master plan and building were designed by TurnerBatson Architects of Birmingham, Ala. Ben M. Radcliff Contractor Inc. of Mobile will construct the facility.

 Sweet said the building will allow the congregation to better fulfill its mission.

Providence United Methodist Church is a community of faith whose purpose is to make committed disciples of Jesus Christ and to share God’s love in the community,” Sweet said.

For more information about Providence UMC, visit the website at or call the church office at 626-2510. Sunday services and activities include Sunday School at 9 a.m., worship at 10 a.m., and youth programs for middle and high school students at 6 p.m.

 The congregation began meeting at David’s Catfish House in June of 2002, then moved to its current location on Stagecoach Road when it was chartered as Providence United Methodist Church in July of 2003. In April 2005, the congregation purchased the 15-acre tract and launched a “Payoff the Land” campaign which was completed in December 2005.



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