New Zion UMC celebrates opening of new sanctuary


Members of New Zion United Methodist Church in Crystal Springs had plenty to celebrate when the church consecrated its new sanctuary.


After standing 144 years, the previous sanctuary had to be torn down because of termite damage. For four years, the church has met in the Family Life Center.


The Rev. Dr. Phillip Heidelberg, superintendent of the Brookhaven District, led the worship service that day. The first baptism in the new sanctuary was Rodney Hawthorne and the first new member was Cedric Grammer. Judy Evans led the Mass Choir.



The afternoon consecration service was led by pastor the Rev. Arthur Lewis, Heidelberg, Victor Willis and Lavon Russell. The guest speaker was the Rev. Timothy Thompson, superintendent of the Meridian District. Thompson is a former member of the church. He is one of eight pastors for whom New Zion is their home church.



Others taking part in the consecration included Demario Benson Richard Willis III Benjamin Hicks and Crystal Springs Mayor Arthur Evans Jr.