YUKON — A small congregation received a helping hand — in fact numerous helping hands — during a speedy church construction project that began Friday.
About 300 volunteers from several different states converged on property at 50 Briarwood to construct a new building to house Landmark United Pentecostal Church, a small congregation led by the Rev. Chris Moore with his wife, Shelly. Chris Moore said the project, with an estimated cost of $300,000, was expected to be completed Saturday and a dedication service is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday.
It's no accident they call it “Church in a Day,” he said.
The Rev. Shawn Phillips, a spokesman for the Oklahoma District of the United Pentecostal Church, said the denomination's “Church in a Day” program was established to help small congregations with limited resources gain the stability that comes with their own church building. Phillips, a Davis pastor, said the Yukon project marked the first time the “Church in a Day” program had been conducted in Oklahoma.
Chris Moore said some members of his congregation poured the foundation several weeks ago. He said Landmark Church purchased the materials for the project and had purchased the land for the church. With the volunteer labor from the “Church in a Day” program, the church had to pay only about one-third of the cost of the construction effort.
Phillips said the church was framed on Thursday night because project coordinators were uncertain about the number of framers available on Friday. Other than that, the project began in earnest about 6 a.m. Friday, he said. Phillips said volunteers were expected to work through the night, with the carpet expected to be installed about 11 p.m. Friday. He said volunteers came from across the state, Texas, Arkansas and Indiana. He said the United Pentecostal Church is headquartered in Missouri.
“It's been incredible watching everyone come together,” Phillips said.
Chris Moore said his church was founded about eight years ago and began renting a former church building on Sixth Street in Yukon about two years ago. He said the new 3,675-square-foot building being constructed on Briarwood will include a sanctuary with seating for about 110 people, a youth room/fellowship hall and classrooms. Moore said his congregation is made up of about 35 people.
Shelly Moore said Landmark church members have been looking forward to the day when they could worship in a new, larger facility that they own.
“I feel we can do a lot more here with our own building,” she said.