A church remains on the corner of East Yale Avenue and South Downing Street, but changes are underway.
The first change came with Emmanuel United Methodist Church began moving out of the building it has occupied for more than half a century. That happened when the decision was made to unite Emmanuel’s congregation with the Englewood United Methodist congregation to establish the Spirit Hope United Methodist Church. They will occupy the former Englewood United Methodist location at 3885 South Broadway.
Emmanuel’s move made it possible for the New City Church to lease the building.
“We have been meeting at Swallow Hill for several years, we are growing and needed more room, and we wanted to have a permanent home,” Pastor Aaron Carlson said. “This building became available and we leased it. I feel this is a great location that will enable us to continue our mission to open our doors and welcome everyone who wants to attend our services.”
New City Church is a non-denominational church affiliated with Acts 29, a national organization encouraging churches to plant new churches.
Denise Tursick said New City Church is a Bible-based, evangelical church seeking to establish or plant new churches.
“We also believe in community service,” the New City Church member said. “For example, church volunteers prepared dinner for the faculty when Thomas Jefferson High School had parent-teacher conferences. Members of our church also volunteered to clean out all the lockers after school was out for the year at Thomas Jefferson.”
Pastor Carlson said it’ll take a few weeks to move into the new building.
“We are moving in and setting up our equipment,” he said. “Our plan is to open the doors for the first time July 7, but our facilities won’t be completely ready until mid-August. But, when we open the doors, we welcome anyone who is looking for a church home.”