Conceptual Plans for New Church Unveiled

Prior to the unveiling of plans for a new sanctuary for Bethany Christian Church, members were reminded of the rich history of this congregation. Below is a photo of the structure built in 1912 that burned before it was moved from the east to the west side of Hwy 306 in the 1950’s. Photo courtesy James “Bossy” Hardison.

Below is the architect’s rendering of the concept for a new and larger structure for a sanctuary with a narthex, classrooms, a nursery, fellowship hall and kitchen. While there were some questions about details, the architect explained that many specifics would be hammered out before the actual mechanical drawings were prepared. Speaking for the Re-building Committee, John Beeman reported to the congregation that the expressed wishes of the membership had been reviewed by the architect before this concept was rendered. Most agreed the new steeple is a very close replica to the one lost in the fire.

More details will be forthcoming in later posts to the website this week. The congregation is scheduled to vote on this concept on Sunday, January 27. The Capital Campaign Committee will have a plan to raise the remaining funds needed to furnish this church to present to the church board for approval the first of February.


Last night the Bethany board approved the rebuilding committee’s proposal to present the plan for the new church building to the congregation at a meeting following the worship service and a catered New Member lunch Sunday, Jan. 20. The contractor, Tony Lewis of C.A. Lewis Construction, and the architect, Michael Dunn, will lead the presentation. They will provide a copy of the plan to each member of the congregation to take home and review. The congregation then will vote to approve or disapprove the plan at a congregational meeting after the worship service the following week, Jan. 27.

The rebuilding committee has been working on the plan for several months following extensive research on the needs of the congregation and selection of the construction company and architect. They were guided by suggestions from the congregation in response to a questionnaire. After deciding on a general plan, the committee has in the last two months been working to refine the plan that will be presented.

The committee is sure that everyone will be exceptionally pleased with the plan and excited about the prospect of beginning construction soon. They urge everyone to attend both the presentation meeting Jan. 20, and the meeting Jan. 27.

RetroRockets Bring “Sock-Hop” to Bayboro

The RetroRockets will bring their live “Golden Oldies Rock & Roll Revue” to B&B Junction in Bayboro Jan. 11. It will be an evening of “Sock-Hop” memories from the fifties and sixties, with some newer songs as well. The cover charge is $7.00.

B&B Junction is a non-alcohol, no-smoking club on NC Highway 55 between Wachovia Bank and First Citizens Bank. For further information, contact Simon Spalding at 636-1256.