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Edmond United Methodists experience building boom

Acts II United Methodist and New Covenant United Methodist, two Edmond churches, are constructing new buildings.
by Carla Hinton Modified: June 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm •  Published: June 28, 2013

United Methodist churches in Edmond are experiencing a building boom of sorts.

New Covenant United Methodist at 2700 S Boulevard recently broke ground on a new children's building.

Church leaders said the project will include a 24,000-square-foot children's building with an indoor and outdoor playground, a larger kitchen, a renovated and expanded gymnasium and a courtyard and meditation garden.

They said the project also will include a new gathering space with a cafe-coffee bar.

The current children's area will be renovated for adult classroom space.

At Acts II United Methodist in west Edmond, construction has begun on a new worship center near the church's current building at 4848 W Covell Road.

The church held a groundbreaking ceremony in May that included a note-burning ceremony for its mortgage. The Rev. Mark Foster, Acts II's senior pastor, said the building will double the church's worship space, education area and parking lot.

First United Methodist Church, 305 E Hurd, also has an expansion project under way. The church demolished a building that formely housed the Wesley Foundation to make room for an addition that will extend the main church building to the southwest.

The new addition will feature a multipurpose room, large gathering area, elevators and a portico.

Meanwhile, Foster, who established the Acts II church in 1999, said the church has grown so much that four worship services now are being offered, and the church sent about 40 families in 2011 to plant a new church called Connect that meets at Centennial Elementary School in east Edmond.

He said the new building will be adjacent the current one, and the two will be connected by a covered walkway. Foster said the new church building will face Pennsylvania Avenue and will be close to a new Edmond elementary school being completed for a fall opening.

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