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Connection Church Breaks Ground for Permanent Home

Connection Church Breaks  Ground for Permanent Home
REAKING GROUND — Members of the congregation gathered at the construction site to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Connection Church facility in Vidalia. Here, church staff members pose at the site. L to R: Wade McLeod, Dustin Carter, Anna Willyard, Laura Kilgore, Frankie Toole, Blake Hardiman, Billy Shiver, Carlos Lora, Corbin Howard, Ethan Floyd, Elizabeth Whitson, Kaitlyn Macker and Andrew Macker.Photo by Makaylee Randolph
Connection Church Breaks  Ground for Permanent Home
REAKING GROUND — Members of the congregation gathered at the construction site to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Connection Church facility in Vidalia. Here, church staff members pose at the site. L to R: Wade McLeod, Dustin Carter, Anna Willyard, Laura Kilgore, Frankie Toole, Blake Hardiman, Billy Shiver, Carlos Lora, Corbin Howard, Ethan Floyd, Elizabeth Whitson, Kaitlyn Macker and Andrew Macker.Photo by Makaylee Randolph

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Connection Church of Vidalia gathered in a grassy field beside the Memorial Health Lucy Pierson Building on Meadows Lane, to celebrate the groundbreaking of the church’s new permanent facility on December 5.

The church members have met in various locations, most notably the large auditorium of Southeastern Technical College, for several years, while dreaming of the day they would be able to have a facility of their own. The church bought the land from the Toombs County Hospital Authority in 2020, and has since been making plans for the building’s construction, which will be completed by Pope Construction.

Lead Pastor Billy Shiver commented on the groundbreaking. “In 2015, we set out to plant a church that was focused on one thing – connecting people to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ; over the last 8 years, God has been faithful! We have seen hundreds of lives transformed by the gospel and even more people experiencing true Christian community in small groups throughout our city. We are so excited about our new permanent facility because we believe it will serve as a launching pad for us to continue to reach people in our community and around the world,” he emphasized. March 2024 is the expected completion date of the new church.


DREAMING OF THE NEW FACILITY — Diagrams of the new facility were displayed for attendees to see the planned design of the new church. Here, Lead Pastor Billy Shiver shows the design to children.Photo by Makaylee Randolph

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