Some Columbia County churches are putting down new roots.
Mark Nabholz, minister of music for Christ Church Presbyterian, says his congregation plans to move into its new 450-seat sanctuary near the intersection of Furys Ferry Road and Southern Pines Drive in January.
Christ Church is one of at least three county churches that are moving into new buildings in the near future or that already have found a new home.
Nabholz said his congregation recently voted to build a fellowship hall with four classrooms as part of the first phase of development. Originally, the church was going to make do with trailers.
"We had planned to go with portable buildings, but with (Hurricane) Katrina ... the cost of portables became prohibitive," he said. "It became more cost-effective to build the permanent structure instead of (using) the portables."
For now, Christ Church will continue holding services at Evans Baptist Church at Washington and North Belair roads, where they have been for about two years.
"They have just been terrific," Nabholz said of Evans Baptist. "They've treated us so graciously."
In the Grovetown area, New Heights Community Church is nearing completion on a new sanctuary next to the Columbia County Fairgrounds on Columbia Road. Messages left for comment with church leaders were not immediately returned.
One church that has found a new worship space is Faith Ministries International, which is holding Sunday services in the former location of Martinez Bible Chapel on Furys Ferry Road.
In other church news, Mosaic United Methodist Church will formally receive its charter Nov. 5, according to a news release. The church began as a mission with its pastor, the Rev. Carolyn Moore, and has since grown to average about 170 people per worship service.
Mosaic holds a contemporary-style service at its sanctuary on Columbia Industrial Boulevard, in Evans.
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