Breaking ground to build up

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Liberty Baptist Missionary Church in Alabaster is anticipating the opening of its new family life center. The church held its groundbreaking on Jan. 14 and hopes to have the doors open within the next few months.

The family life center will add additional classrooms for Sunday school, a fellowship hall and a gym for children and adults.

&8220;Our family life center will cater to our youth, senior citizens, daycare and community,&8221; member Kela Johnson said. &8220;We hope it will help keep our children off the streets and to create a safe, creative, christian and educational environment for our children.&8221;

The church leadership decided it needed a larger facility to house the various activities and programs it offers its membership as well as the community at large. Currently the church has a drama ministry, step teams, flag corps, praise dancers, discipleship ministry and prayer partners.

Liberty Baptist opened the doors of its current sanctuary in February of 1997. The day the new church was completed

more than 1,000 people worshiped with the Liberty

family during the morning and evening services.

The church&8217;s history goes back to 1870 when it was organized in the community of Siluria. At the time, members said they had no sanctuary to meet in but kept their church together through a strong faith. The church built its first sanctuary in 1906 and began its work.

Liberty&8217;s aim is to promote the cause of Christ, promote intelligence and happiness in the homes, establish Christ&8217;s Kingdom in the hearts of men and women and to support the work of the mission in the community, state and abroad.

The church holds Destiny 9-18 teen services on the third Sunday of the month at 11 a.m., youth services every second Sunday at 11 a.m., &8220;Seniors In Action&8221; on Tuesdays at 11 and couple ministry meetings on the first and fourth Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Adult Bible study and youth night&8217;s are also held each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Worship schedule:

Sunday school &045; 9:30 a.m.

Morning worship &045; 11 a.m. every Sunday and 8 a.m. on the second, fourth and fifth Sundays

Contact information:

306 Fifth Ave. S.E.

Alabaster 35007

Phone: 663-0975