Grace Baptist will worship in new sanctuary The Grace Baptist Church family in Vermillion has ample reason to celebrate this Sunday, Aug. 29, as they hold their first worship service at 10:30 a.m. in their new sanctuary. The sanctuary addition to the north and classroom/office addition to the south of their existing space on Main Street was completed in a little over a year. The former church building has been converted to their fellowship hall.
The addition was built with the help of volunteers from Missouri, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida and Arkansas. The group from Louisiana came twice and a couple of men from Florida came three times. One of two groups from Tennessee came a total of four times.
They are from Dixie Lee Baptist Church in Lenoir City, TN, which was the original sponsor of Grace Baptist when it was established in 1978 and has been faithful in their support over the years. A formal dedication of the church will be held next summer when the many volunteers who contributed work will be able to join them.
"So many people have asked when our first service would be and we promised to tell them," said Pastor Wayne James. "It will be a time of worship, praise and thanksgiving that we have long awaited and prayed would come to pass."
The building is not 100 percent complete, but with students returning, the congregation badly needed the extra space. After the finishing touches are completed on the building this fall, an open house for the Vermillion community will be held.