Why Did the Methodists Cross the Road? To Get to the Groundbreaking, Of Course!


On Sunday June 4, 2006, 188 participants journeyed across Highway 52 in Helena to gather for a groundbreaking service for the Church at Cahaba Bend, a United Methodist Church plant started in June 2000, by Rev. Lyle Holland and his family. The 15 acres purchased by the church is across the street from Helena Intermediate School, the site where Cahaba Bend has held worship services for the past three years. The church featuring contemporary worship averages 151 in attendance each Sunday and has 146 members.

With many dressed in red for Pentecost, those celebrating the milestone in the life of Cahaba Bend gathered on a cleared knoll near the center of the wooded property. After a prayer of dedication, ground was broken, and the group shared a catered lunch.

"After worshipping in my family's living room, a local restaurant, an office and the school, having a sanctuary and building of our own will be an exciting point in Cahaba Bend's journey," remarked Rev. Holland. This next step is another reminder of God's faithfulness in this process of building a community where people can safely investigate life in Christ and become wholehearted followers."

The approximately 14,000 square-foot new church, designed by TurnerBatson Architects of Birmingham and built by Acton Construction, will be completed by Easter 2007.

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