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Monett Community Church first service held in new building

Friday, October 7, 2011

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Following a year of construction, Monett Community Church held its first service in its new building on Oct. 2. The church, shown above, is located on E. Cleveland/Business Highway 60, across from Ramey Supermarket. [Times Photo by Lisa Craft]
Monett Community Church held its first service in the new building, located on Business 60 across from Ramey Supermarket, on Oct. 2.

Construction of the new building began approximately one year ago and was completed on Sept. 26. The building is 12,000 square feet and includes a sanctuary that will seat up to 350 people, with a state-of-the-art sound system. The structure also includes seven finished classrooms with more unfinished classrooms upstairs, a fully equipped kitchen that features a 10-burner stove that was donated by Camp Barnabas and a basement dedicated to the youth of the church.

"One set back on the date of completion was that the initial plan was to only finish the middle level before moving in," said Pastor Chad Bennett. "We went ahead and added the youth area in the basement, which is a complete youth facility."

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One of the beautiful features at Monett Community Church is the rock gas fireplace that extends from floor to ceiling in the entry foyer. [Times Photos by Lisa Craft]
The entry foyer is beautifully enhanced with a rock gas fireplace standing from floor to ceiling that features a wooden cross. Behind the fireplace are a grouping of tables and chairs that create a "Video Cafe." This area is where people can view services on the big screen television, mounted to the back of the fireplace, and have coffee and donuts. The entire north side of the building is windows from ground to ceiling.

When the church was first organized, members met in different homes. The old Masonic building, located across from the Monett Post Office, was then purchased by the congregation and services were held there until a fire broke out on Sept. 3, 2010. The blaze caused extensive damage and forced the church to move to a temporary location at the old United Methodist Church building on Fourth Street. During the last few months, the church has been meeting in the First Baptist Church multi-purpose building on Third Street.

"We still hope to eventually utilize the burned building in the future for other ministries," said Bennett. "We also have a master plan for expansion on the 20 acres."

Special dedication services at the new church building will be held on Sunday, Nov. 6.

The church currently offers two Sunday morning services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. At 9:45 a.m., different age groups hold Bible studies called Connection Classes. Youth services are held at 7 p.m on Wednesdays, and Life Groups, in-home Bible studies, are held throughout the week.



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