A local church will soon be breaking ground on a new fellowship hall and Sunday school room building.
Southside Baptist Church, located at 1819 Hwy. 601 in Yadkinville, is expected to begin construction in about three weeks on the new addition. The original church was located on Lee Avenue and when that building fell into disrepair the group began raising funds for a new building.
They built a new church sanctuary three years ago. Since that time the congregation has grown significantly and now has around 100 members. Southside Baptist features a 30-member choir and an 18-member bluegrass band which plays the music not only for regular church services, but at special events as well.
Pastor Billy Seats and his wife Teresa have been with the church for 20 years now. The original church began as Job’s Tabernacle and was organized in 1952 as Southside Baptist Church.
Seats said the original church building was built in 1950 and was an old tobacco basket shop.
“It had just deteriorated over the years,” Seats said and that was what prompted them to move to a different location.
Teresa Seats said of the 100 members, nearly half are under the age of the 30. The church has a strong youth ministry as well, Seats said.
Sunday school classes and the nursery for small children are housed in small outbuildings behind the church. Social events often take place at the restaurant across the street, which the Seats said the owner graciously allows them to use as make-shift fellowship hall.
The Seats said they are excited about the new building that will be able to better accommodate their members for special events and Sunday school classes.
For more information on upcoming events at Southside Baptist, visit www.southsidebaptistlogchurch.com.