Wintersville congregation pledges over $1.5 Million for new “Center for Hope"
WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – October 1, 2018 – The Wintersville United Methodist Church will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new $3.6 million addition for community outreach to be called "The Center for Hope.” The new addition has been in planning for nearly 4 years and is designed to be the catalyst for community outreach by the church and its congregation. Starting in the spring of 2017, church members pledged nearly $1.5 million to begin funding of the new addition.
The addition will consist of a 112‘ X 112‘, 12,500 sq. ft. 2 story structure to be built to the west of and attached to the existing church, located at the intersection of Fernwood Road and Main Street in Wintersville. The addition will feature a stage and audience/activity/fellowship area that can seat over 300 people, a new commercial style kitchen and pantry, a 40’ X 74’ basketball court housed in a separate multi-purpose 50’ X 86’ gym and activity area, a music room, front and rear entries, and new, large restrooms. It is envisioned that The Center for Hope will become the focus for new community activities planned by the church and utilized by various community groups, families and individuals.
The Rev. Dr. Clint Quillen, Jr., pastor of the church, said “Our vision is to provide this community center to promote good and inspire hope in many different forms and diverse ways in our community. We believe there is a great need in our area for a safe and secure space to provide and promote positive, productive opportunities, services, and activities for youth, children, and people and families of all ages. We are seeking to establish this community center to help combat the societal tragedies of drug abuse, isolation, depression, and an overall sense of hopelessness. We believe many lives will be transformed for good through God and this new and lasting endeavor, as we move forward to fulfill our vision, ‘to serve as a beacon of Christian love, compassion, and hope to our world.’”
The Wintersville Methodist Church was the first church in the village of Wintersville and the Wintersville United Methodist Church (WUMC) has been serving and making a positive difference in the greater Wintersville community for over 180 years. They state that their mission as a church is "to make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” They believe that this new endeavor is much more about helping and serving their community than just about constructing a new building.
Besides providing three worship opportunities each week, numerous small groups, and many positive activities for growth for all ages, WUMC has a high priority on reaching out and serving beyond its church walls. They offer a free meal to the community and their church family each Wednesday and strongly support and participate in: Wintersville Good Neighbors, Relay for Life, the Urban Mission, Special Olympics, Community-focused Vacation Bible School, American Red Cross, Operation Christmas Child and other charitable organizations seeking to do good for others. There are also community groups that currently gather and use their building and grounds to fulfill their purposes.
The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the church on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at 2:00 PM, with a 1:00 PM reception preceding the ceremony. The community at large is invited and welcomed to attend and celebrate this major step forward for the Wintersville area with them.
As a "Center for Hope" for the whole Wintersville community and beyond, donations are greatly appreciated from supporters in the community, grants and ongoing generous giving from church members. For more information, contact the church at 740-264-1676.