A groundbreaking ceremony was held last week to mark the beginning of a major project now under way at the First United Methodist Church, Union.
Church trustee Jerry Borgmann is overseeing the expansion project that will include an 800 square foot extension to the north of the building.
The church is located at 848 W. Main St.
The project includes a new entranceway, a covered unloading area and bathrooms on the same level as the sanctuary.
Also in the plans are an office and attic space above the addition.
There will be a 24-foot by 24-foot blacktop unloading area at the new entrance, Borgmann said.
He added that the project had been discussed for some time, but is now coming to fruition.
“We’ve had some donations over the years that were never specified to be used for anything,” Borgmann said.
The contractor on the project is R and V Construction, Owensville. Much of the work will be conducted by local crews, according to Borgmann.
The project is expected to be complete in about three months.
Borgmann added that the church is looking to grow its number of parishioners.
“We want to get youth to participate,” he said.
Borgmann noted that there are new programs geared toward younger church goers, but also for adults.
“They’re coming back. We offer more Sunday school. . . it just takes time,” he said.