Post-fire renovations underway at Southside United Methodist

Post-fire renovations underway at Southside United Methodist

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Southside United Methodist is beginning to look like a church again, after a fire destroyed it last November.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined, but church members do know this: they are coming back bigger and better.

The new church sits on the same plot of land as the former church from 1966, but it will have more amenities.

The building will include four classrooms, a fellowship hall, kitchen, pantry, sanctuary, nursery with a small bathroom and a drive thru area in the front to drop off church goers.

Members said they will now have plenty of room for the church's 60 regular attendees.

"The congregation is very dedicated to the church or else we wouldn't be where we are today," said Fred Denison, a longtime member and the building committee chairman. "Everyone on the building committee has worked extremely hard. We're now in our third generation of congregation members. It's just a great community."

Members of the committee and congregation toured the site Monday to check on its progress.

"It's still not a church but it's close, which makes you feel better," Denison said. "We're looking forward to the completion. It's all seeming to work out. I feel like the Lord's hands have guided us well."

Denison said insurance covered most of the reconstruction costs.

He hopes to ring in the new year with the new building's first church service.

Until then, Southside Charter High School has opened its media center for their church services.

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