From staff reports
The congregants of Wesley United Methodist Church hugged each other and celebrated Monday, October 14 as they gathered on the site of their former church and future church.
They gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking in the rebuilding of the church and the churches continued mission in the community.
The ceremony was attended by about 60 community members including Louisville Mayor Will Hill, community members, churches and organizations that have supported the church, and the contractor that will lead the construction of the new church.
During the ceremony, onlookers raised their voices to highlight the scripture readings. Many of the community members helped with a shovel of the soil to show the community support of the project while Wesley United Methodist Pastor James Morris outlined the purpose of the church, as the ground was broken.
“Church may meet here where children shall learn to love God and grow in grace and goodness,” began Morris as the earth was turned with the shovel.
Rev. Embra Jackson, the United Methodist Starkville District Superintendent, said the groundbreaking ceremony was a time to celebrate and look forward to the rebuilding of the church after so much hard work.
“This is a momentous occasion,” he said. “We have no doubt God with us and we walk in faith.”
During the ceremony, the Pastor Morris thanked the community on behalf of the church and said they had supported the church in many ways from offering meeting space or use of a parking lot. Morris also recognized all the local Methodist Churches for their support as well as the district, state and churches from across the country that helped get the church going again.
“Let’s get to building,” said Rev. Embra Jackson who also recognized Pastor Morris for leading his congregation and envisioning getting the church rebuilt.