The building committee of the First United Methodist church of Middlebury and representatives of DJ Construction broke ground for a new church building on Thursday, Sept. 22nd.

“The building of a new facility is very exciting and a whole lot of work, even before the first shovel goes into the ground”, said Pastor Ron Russell. “There have been many hours that our church family put in to working on how it should look and how it should facilitate our needs. Our intent is to build for the Kingdom of God, and ‘Reach All Generations’ throughout our community, both now and for many years to come”.

The new 22,000 sq. ft. building will include more classrooms for all ages, a secure children’s wing, outdoor playground, a larger sanctuary with up to date technology, a larger fellowship or commons area, and a commercial grade kitchen.

“With our new facility, we anticipate being able to have more events at the church for not only members but also for the community.  We also want to provide a comfortable welcoming environment for worship services and events, and most importantly to help people to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” says Pastor Russell.

Pre-Construction/Project Manager Adam Tohulka echoes Pastor Russell’s thoughts, “It is exciting to see this project come together. We have had the opportunity of working with the church on multiple building concepts over the past few years and seeing the enthusiasm and excitement the church has behind the final plan is great. The new facility will be a tool to reach the community and impact lives. They will be well suited for generations to come.”

The new church building will be located at 720 South Main Street in Middlebury.

On Sunday, Oct. 2nd, the church will hold a ceremony, for members and friends of the congregation, to celebrate the beginning of their new project. The ceremony will take place on the new building site after their regular morning worship, at approximately 11:30am.