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Mount Carmelís building additions a group effortcomment (0)

December 17, 2009

In order to meet the growing needs of its people, Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Coffee Springs, decided to make some changes by adding a wheelchair ramp at the sanctuary entrance and two rest rooms adjoining the fellowship hall.

But in order to complete these projects, the Sardis Baptist Association church, which runs about 20 for Sunday morning worship, needed help.

James Preachers, director of missions for Sardis Association and pastor of the church, sought assistance from Columbia Baptist Association, which provided a team of seven men who built the wheelchair ramp, a deck and a roof after three consecutive weekends of work.

Volunteers from Hillcrest Baptist Church, Enterprise, in Coffee Baptist Association, joined in the effort, helping build the two rest rooms. Mount Carmel Baptist volunteers also assisted in the effort.

“We love going to other associations and helping other churches, particularly other churches that cannot afford it,” said Ken Farley, who oversees disaster relief and construction projects for Columbia Association as church development director. “We know that when we help a church, a church helps the community.”

In Mount Carmel Baptist’s case, Preachers hopes the changes made to the outside of the church will lead to changes on the inside — such as new faces in the congregation.

“Hopefully [these additions] will enhance peoples’ desire to attend our church,” he said. “We don’t want to be a barrier to someone who would say they couldn’t come (because there was no wheelchair ramp or not enough rest rooms). Now there is no excuse.”

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