The continued growth of the Charlton City church and Sunday school resulted in the resumption of discussions to expand the existing building war of building a new church by 1998, the membership stood at 271 with 70 children in the Sunday School and Adult Sunday School classes.

As series of votes resulted in the purchase of 5 1/2 acres of the former Woodlot Campground at 72 Stafford St. in 1978 for $176,000 from parishioners James and Janet Maling. Their home was transformed into a parsonage.

A church conference was held on June 2, 2002 at which it was proposed to put to the congregation the question: “Does the building committee have your permission to proceed with the construction of a new church facility to be located at 74 Stafford St.?” The vote was 44 in favor, 2 against, with two abstentions. A co-vote granted the trustees permission to sell the church building and land at 12 Stafford Street for the purpose of finding a new church facility at 74 Stafford Street.

That September the dedication of the Hunt Garden Chapel was created giving a pleasant open air worship space on the grounds. Sunday’s services were held in the chapel, until cold weather returned.

Up the hill to 74 Stafford Street

On Sunday, November 10, 2002, members joined in a walk from the old church at 12 Stafford Street to 74 Stafford St. for a ground breaking ceremony for the new church which was conducted by the Reverend Paul Samuelson.

Ground Breaking

Ground Breaking

Barden-Robeson Church Building Company in Middleport, New York was engaged to build the new facility. General contractor, parishioner Kris Gerrard, working with Barton, put forth a design for the building; a floor plan of two major areas, connected with an entry hall. This plan would allow the structure to be built in stages, this south wing to be built first.

After a series of negotiations, the former church building was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Racine to be used for their sewing and craft business with the agreement that the altar furniture and stain glass memorial windows could be removed to the new church.

The building was far enough along for the wedding of John Soltice and Lise Ferreir on October 8, 2004. The congregation was able to have its first worship service in the new Charlton City United Methodist Church on October 10, 2004.

A Consecration Weekend was celebrated May 20-22, 2005 with the gospel concert on the 20th, followed by an Open House May 21, including a slide presentation of the history of the church. A celebration dinner followed that evening.

This ceremony of the consecration of the building was held during worship service on Sunday, May 22, 2005. Methodist church Bishop, Reverend Peter O. Weaver gave his blessing to the parishioners, attending dignitaries and clergymen as the corne stone was layed.

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