Mayfair-Plymouth members break ground for new churchWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
About 100 members of the Mayfair-Plymouth Congregational Christian Church in Toledo celebrated the groundbreaking Nov. 6 for phase one of its new facilities.
Members representing the diversity and history of the congregation participated in the formal groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new church at 5555 Bennett Road.
“It’s truly a memorable and remarkable day for us after a journey that started 10 years ago,” said David Claassen, senior pastor of the Mayfair-Plymouth congregation.
“God called us to this land. We kept praying and believing that we would be able to acquire the land to build a facility that will be a better tool to bring more people to Christ,” he said at the ceremony.
Work is scheduled to begin with a $1.6 million budget in the spring of 2012 and to be completed next fall, Claassen said.
The new structure will consist of a multipurpose room and elementary education section. Worship services and other events will take place in the multipurpose room with elementary Sunday school in the same facility.
“This event celebrates 10 years of planning, research, designing and preparing for the future of our church and new family members we have yet to meet,” Claassen said.
The church leadership realized the congregation was growing beyond the capacity of the current building at 5253 Bennett Road, Claassen said. The congregation now has from 280 to 300 members with a sanctuary for 175 people and a parking lot with 60 spaces.
The current building will continue to house the church offices, adult and youth education, and other ministries until it is sold and phase two is built at the new site. The current property was listed for sale Nov. 1, Claassen said.
The church has conducted an ongoing capital campaign during the past 10 years and raised enough money to acquire the 23-acre site for the new church, refinance and pay off the mortgage on the existing property, and have $520,000 toward the new facility.
The initial meeting for the capital campaign for the new facility took place Sept. 11, 2001. Despite the tragic events of that day, it was a stark reminder that even amidst tragedy there can be hope, Claassen said.
The Mayfair-Plymouth congregation is working with several local organizations to make the new church become a reality.
The church has pre-qualified for financing of the project through Cooperative Business Services of Toledo. The organization works with businesses and credit unions on shared funding of business loans.
Sun Federal Credit Union of Toledo is the sponsoring lender for the loan, which could be shared with other credit unions in Ohio. Credit union participants can share the funding of a loan, allowing them to reduce risk and maximize income.
Thomas Porter Architects of Toledo designed the site plan and new church facility.
The firm will provide architectural documents for the construction of the facility.
Willson Builders of Toledo is the general contractor that will begin construction of the new church in the spring.
The Mayfair-Plymouth Church is a combination of two congregations with long histories.
The Plymouth church dates back to the late 1800s and was last located at Cherry and Delaware streets in Toledo, which is now part of the St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center.