Construction of TrueNorth Church on Martintown Road is getting back on schedule.
“We’ve made a lot of progress the last six to eight weeks and that’s after being hurt by all the rain,” said lead pastor Steve Davis.
There have been several delays, “however, our hopes are that we will be able to make up some of that ground with this beautiful fall weather,” he added.
Most of what has been accomplished thus far are things that can’t be seen from the road, said Gene Jennings, associate pastor.
“Right now, everything is being done on the ground or under the ground with plumbing and electrical stuff,” he said.
However, it won't be long before people will be able to see the progress. Steel for the buildings is expected to go up later this fall, he said.
Phase one includes two buildings – a worship center and a children’s facility.
The worship center will feature a theater-style worship area, similar to the auditorium at North Augusta High School that the church now uses for its services. The center will have about 850 seats with the capability of adding about another 50 to 100 seats, said Davis.
The children’s facility will house programs such as Journey Land and Kidzstuff, and the church’s administrative offices.
The projected timeline for the church to be in the buildings is late August 2014, around the church’s 10th anniversary.
In its short history, the church has seen tremendous growth, said Davis.
Currently, the total average Sunday attendance, including all services, is about 1,500 to 1,600, he said.
With a permanent base of operations, church officials are looking forward to continuing to meet the spiritual needs of its members and surrounding communities, said Davis.
“It’s been an amazing journey,” he said. “God has blessed us with a great, great core of people who understand the vision that we have to reach out into the community.”