On Sunday, June 28, members of New Providence Presbyterian Church gathered for a “topping-off” ceremony to celebrate the completion of their under-construction Westminster Wing’s steel framework. During the ceremony, members added their signatures to the frame’s final beam, which was put into place the following morning.
After both the 9 a.m. contemporary service and the 11 a.m. traditional service, congregants marched to the construction site down Houston Street, which was closed to traffic to allow them passage. Many of New Providence’s roughly 400 active members attended the ceremony. “We kind of made a party out of it, had everybody march down after church and sign the beam,” said church member John Clark.
After arriving, members lined up to add their names to the steel I-beam, which was also inscribed with 1 Samuel 7:12, “Thus far has the Lord helped us.” Rev. Emily Anderson gave a blessing over the construction site to commemorate the event before adding her own name.
The new structure will be around 15,000 square feet in size and will cost more than $5 million. To date, the church has raised more than $3 million of that figure, and is planning another fundraising campaign for the fall.
The Westminster Wing will accommodate large church gatherings and will house the church’s feeding program, the Welcome Table, and its regular Community Benefit Sale. The building will include a multipurpose room with a capacity of 500, youth and young adult meeting rooms, shower facilities and a kitchen. A full renovation costing about $2 million is planned for the existing building, but will not begin until the entire amount has been raised.
For more information, contact New Providence Presbyterian Church at 865-983-0182 or www.newprovidencepres.org. The church is located at 703 West Broadway Avenue in Maryville.