Kilmichael United Methodist Church broke ground for a new sanctuary on Aug. 10.
The celebration had been eagerly awaited for almost two years after the older building was deemed unsafe in November 2006, and later demolished.
During the Sunday morning worship service, singing together, those present moved from the fellowship hall to the now vacant lot where a wooden cross stood in the future chancel area. The first group to break ground was the Kilmichael Building Committee, followed by church members and supporters who took turns at breaking the ground.
Around 65 people attended the worship service. Greenwood District Superintendent the Rev. Victoria L. White joined the celebration, ended the service and dismissed the group with a prayer. The celebration continued in the fellowship hall with dinner provided by church members and a chance for supporters to look over the detailed plans for the church.
Work on the foundation for the new sanctuary, a timber frame structure, will begin the end of September at the same location on Lamar Avenue where the earlier church building stood for 107 years. It is hoped that the timber frame will arrive and be installed and enclosed in early October.