Grace Church, a Grace Brethren congregation in Ephrata, Pa. (Kim Robertson, pastor), held a ground-breaking ceremony for the expansion of their building April 12.
“The expansion will better equip us to minister to the needs of our congregation and the people of our community by adding more than 3,600 square feet in new construction,” said Grace Church pastor Kim Robertson. “Upgrades throughout will make the facility more functional and more accessible for those with disabilities with the inclusion of a new elevator.”
The expansion will provide new nursery, classrooms, youth room, restrooms and offices and aesthetic enhancements inside and outside the building.
“We are really excited about the new potential this will provide for ministry as we look ahead into the future,” Robertson said.
Grace Church held their first Sunday service on Sept. 7, 1980 with 167 people in attendance.
“The church has experienced many ups and downs over the years but has always kept the focus on God’s Word and the people they are ministering to,” said Kay Gehr, long standing member and current office manager.
According to Robertson, the church has been considering how to better minister to the Ephrata area and options to expand their building for a number of years. On March 15, the church’s Board of Elders and congregation unanimously voted to move forward with a building expansion.
Completion of the project is expected by late summer.