Oconee Street UMC returned ‘home’ on Sunday, April 13, holding its first worship at its Oconee Street location since a fire destroyed the church’s sanctuary nearly one year earlier. The congregation is temporarily meeting in its recently renovated education building while the sanctuary is being built.
The cross — one of the few items salvaged from the fire in the old sanctuary — hangs in the temporary worship space.
In recognition of Palm Sunday, palms were placed on chairs.
The first floor of the education building of Oconee Street UMC is prepared for worship.
Pastor Lisa Caine and congregation member Linda Burchfield set out bulletins in preparation for the service.
Pastor Lisa Caine welcomes visitors.
Pastor Lisa Caine makes preparations for the service.
Children check out their new Sunday School room.
Children check out the large ditch that will serve as the foundation for the Oconee Street UMC sanctuary.
The Adult Sunday School class met in its new classroom.
Maxine Easom teaches the early elementary class in her new classroom.
Ken Easom greets Joel Siebentritt as he enters the worship space.
Pastor Lisa Caine preaches to a packed house at the April 13 worship service.
The choir sings an anthem during the service.
The first service in nearly a year at Oconee Street drew over 100 worshipers.
Serving as liturgists were the confirmands, who were confirmed later in the service.
The April 13 service not only marked the return to a new home, but also the confirmation of six students into the United Methodist Church.
A sign outside the church construction welcomes visitors.