Church Comes Down To Make Way For New Worship Center

One of the oldest churches in Onslow County came tumbling down Monday, brick by brick.

Dozens of parishioners at St Julia A.M.E. Zion Church in Jacksonville had cameras in their hands and tears in their eyes as they watched this historic church being demolished.

The building was only 69 years old, but the history of the church dates back to the 1800's. The church needed lots of repairs and more room for its nearly 300 members.

The new church will be all one floor and handicap accessible. Many of the stained glass windows and bricks will be put in a keepsake room in the new church.

The new $1.5 million church will be built right next to the old church in Jacksonville.


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  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 7, 2009 at 03:45 AM
    "Progress" I think what anonymous was trying to say was that he/she hates to see everything get so modernized when it comes to churches. I can fully understand that, considering when you get into those "worship centers" it feels like you are on the back row at a basketball game. You no longer have that connected feeling with the pastor, choir, etc. I do realize that the church is just a "tool" in meeting the needs of God's people, but there is nothing wrong with wishing to keep it simple. In this day and time churches have become more of a business than anything else. Thankfully the small church that my family attends has a congregation of only 50-75 people. I prefer to attend small churches as I have attended larger churches with upwards of 1,000 people when I stayed in Washington, D.C.
  • by Make Way For Progress Location: The Kingdom on Jul 7, 2009 at 01:10 AM
    Yet another "Christian" who doesn't know the difference between the CHURCH and a CHURCH BUILDING. What's "cold" is the spiritual heart of a disciple who doesn't realize that a building is only a tool that meets the needs of God's people.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2009 at 05:14 PM
    I can't of hate to see beautiful churches come down and replaced with large modern "Worship Centers". I don't know, to me they just seem cold or something.
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