VUMC holds ground-breaking
ON APRIL 17, Versailles United Methodist Church held a ground-breaking ceremony and celebration. From left are Bluegrass District Superintendent Paul Fryman, Kathy Wille, Rusty Thompson, Bishop Lindsey Davis, Brett Setzer from Brett Construction Company, Dale Eckert, and Pastor Tim Thompson. (Photo submitted) Special to The Sun On April 17, Versailles United Methodist Church held a ground-breaking ceremony and celebration. More than 250 people, including Bishop Lindsay Davis, District Superintendent Paul Fryman, former pastors, and church members, made their mark on the new location. VUMC purchased the 30 acre tract at the corner of Paynes Mill and Lexington Road in 2003. The first phase of the project should be completed within the year and all of the ministries of the church will be housed in the new location. "The iconic courthouse square location has been good to this church family for the last 100-plus years and the decision to move was carefully committed to prayer and discernment. It is our hope that our three downtown buildings will serve the community in a new way," said Pastor Tim Thompson. The new church building will include expanded worship and fellowship space as well as expanded facilities for The Academy (Christian preschool), which currently serves 40 children, ages infant to five years. "The areas serving the youth, children, choir, administration, and all people of the church have all been thoughtfully laid out," added building committee chair Rusty Thompson. "We want to have a positive impact on the people of Woodford and surrounding counties for a very long time and this new facility will really help us do that."