Almost two years to the day it broke ground on a new $1.4 million church facility on Virginia Street, the Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church has broken ground on a new Outreach Center.
During a special outside ceremony Sunday afternoon, church deacons, youth and other members all took their turns shoveling dirt for the outreach center, which will serve as a fellowship hall, kitchen, weight room, youth area, gym and emergency shelter for any state of emergency crisis times for the community.
“Just two shorts years ago (on February 9, 2014), Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church broke ground on Virginia Street for the future site of the new church,” Hillsville Pentecostal Pastor Jeff Pickett said. “To our amazement on the first service on October 19, we realized we needed more room to accommodate the rapid growth in our kids’ classes and we knew we could not accommodate all of the church family for any meals in a timely fashion in the temporary fellowship hall.”
Pickett said the church plans to start afterschool programs to reach new groups of families. The facility will be open to the public daily to reach a lot of kids that may not be able to afford to go to the local wellness center, he added. There will also be a field for softball, t-ball, football and soccer for area kids, teams and leagues. The ball field is complete except for purchasing the fencing.
“We want to have a facility that will have something available for all kids, teens, young adults, adults and the elderly,” Pickett said. “Our mission at Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church is to continue to win the lost. We have to tell everyone we can about Jesus and make disciples. We desire to be that contagious church with the fire of the Holy Spirit allowing us to reach people, love people and encourage and guide them to be the best that they can be for the Lord. God continues to pour out His blessings by giving us souls for our labor and sending such a rapid growth to what was a little church but now a large church that just wants to share the Love of God with everyone we can.”
Plans are for the church’s new outreach center to be completed by August. Pickett said anyone wanting to sew into the ministry can do so at Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church, P.O. Box 534, Hillsville, Va., 24343.
During the groundbreaking ceremony Sunday, Bishop Preston Mathena reflected on how far the church has come in the past eight years under Pickett’s leadership.
“It was a church that had good people, just a few of them, but there was no youth, no vitality,” Mathena said. “In fact I can remember the conversation was will we be able to keep that church open? And yet to see what God has done.”
Mathena said a church that wants to can have worldwide impact, no matter its size. He said he believes Hillsville Pentecostal is that kind of church.
“I think this is the beginning. When you did the church building two years ago it was so exciting, and yet to be two years later and to be starting your next building project, there’s no telling what else God has in store for you,” Mathena said. “The children of this community are going to be blessed. The teenagers of this community, their destiny is going to be changed. The young couples in this community all of a sudden are going to find a place they know is home and is meant for them to be a part of this church and the future of this church. The elderly will rejoice in seeing what God has promised in years past come to fruition.”
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on [email protected]