By Sharon Mager
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Weems Creek Baptist Church dedicated their new worship center last month in grand style—they baptized ten believers. Senior Pastor David Orr recognized church member Jim Ferguson, who led the efforts in the building process and many others assisted, giving countless hours working towards the completion of the new facility. Orr preached about the dedication of Solomon’s temple, and offered a prayer of thanksgiving and dedication. The congregation enjoyed a celebration luncheon following the service.
“Our progress has been three steps forward and two steps back, but we’re excited about it. It has been a great thing! It has been a great faith-building experience for the whole church,” Orr said. The new worship center can seat 450 and provides space for future growth.
The plan to build the new center began as a simple discussion to add 18 parking spaces. After reviewing the demanding county requirements, the church decided to develop an overall master building plan. Orr said the church had been having discussions about the ongoing need for more meeting space, possibly expanding the current sanctuary, or adding modular buildings, but at a business meeting in December 2007, they decided to move forward boldly and build a new worship center. Six years and two capital fund raising campaigns later, they moved into their new center on December 15, 2013.
As part of the project, the church added the foundation, steel structure and frame for additional educational space for future expansion as God provides.
Orr said growth at Weems Creek has been slow but steady. In 2010 they hired Christian Nuckels as worship pastor. That, Orr said, spurred even more growth.
“It has been an exciting time in the life of the church. We regard this center as a gift from God and a tool in His hand to help build the church. Our attendance has increased since we moved in and we trust God will continue to grow His ministry here.”