Since we have maxed out our one acre church property and we have been renting our local movie theater for one of our worship services for a number of years we have been in prayer mode for new land and for a new worship and ministry center. We have a portable building on the property that has worked well for Bible classes, meetings, and Celebrate Recovery, but it is portable. We take good care of the physical resources God has given us and try to use them all well.
But we also have many spiritual treasures in people resources and we long for a full expression of the body’s gifts and talents to help others. As we do ministry and mission together our desire is to have a ministry facility that will enhance the use of those people resources for the good of our larger community.
God began to open doors in the summer of 2012. A 20 acre property became available and the owner was very interested that our church locate there. The land is high and dry and has the local Weweantic River forming the rear boundary. Tall, straight, pines cover a good part of the land so we would still be known as the Church in the Pines! In September 2013 we closed on the property! We thank God for guiding us during the “due diligence” stage. We set down a large down payment and we continue to raise the rest of the money from our people and those interested in such a ministry opportunity in South Coast Massachusetts.
The land will allow for a church of 350, room for parking, sports fields, community gardens, and lots of green space for picnicking, nature trails, and prayer walks. We might be able to have a Christian Nature Day Camp at the rear of the land as well. There is plenty of room for God-sized dreams here!
We have been doing quite a bit of work at this New Property. We have a large outside worship area now with a stage and we have added electricity and water. There are a number of picnic tables in the worship areas as well as a children’s play area and a beautiful volleyball court. Walking Trails have been added to the property and each is clearly marked. This past summer (2016) we had our Sunday worship service here every other Sunday.
You are invited to pray with us, to give to this vision, and to grow with us!
The New Property is 30 East Street, Middleboro. This is about 2 miles from our current church.
We have regular Work Days at the new property to clean it up. Call the Church Office to find out more on how you can help.
Our New Property Team meets monthly to develop the plans for our new church and for the total ministry through the property. Pray for us.