• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

VUM Church hosts ribbon cutting at its new home

Pastor Tim Thompson and members of Versailles United Methodist Church hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new home last Thursday, Nov. 30.

Before its recent move to 230 Paynes Mill Road, Thompson said Versailles United Methodist had been having its Sunday services at 110 Court Streetin Versailles for 163 years. Its iconic sanctuary and steeple have been part of downtown’s streetscape for 95 years, he added.

“…This has been a long dream coming,” Thompson told those attending Thursday’s ribbon cutting. He said VUM Church purchased the property on Paynes Mill Road from the United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth in 2001, but the project was delayed by legal action.

Thompson said many churches with a 213-year history like Versailles United Methodist “have either died or are dying.”

“That’s not our story,” he continued. “We’re being renewed and being revived, revitalized … And we believe the best is yet to come.”

Lynne Glass, who has been attending Sunday services at Versailles United Methodist with his wife, Ann, for more than two decades, said an overflow crowd of 385 people came to the church’s first service on Paynes Mill Road. And once members of the church family saw their new home, he said they were well-pleased.

In addition to a sanctuary/auditorium/fellowship hall, the new multipurpose home of Versailles United Methodist Church has classrooms for its daycare and preschool: The Academy.

“A lot better … outside and inside,” said Glass of the daycare and preschool space. He said kids in The Academy now have their own playground instead of having to walk down to Big Spring Park when the church was located downtown.

Thompson said the church construction project went so smoothly “it’s just a testimony that we believe, and we feel strongly that God’s hand has been upon us the whole time. So we rejoice in that.”

Civic and business leaders in the community attended the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at VUM Church last Thursday.

Anyone in the community who wants to see Versailles United Methodist Church’s new home is invited to an open house on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m.

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