The Mayfield Presbyterian Church plans to break ground on its new building today, which is an event worth celebrating.
The congregation watched its old sanctuary on North Main Street in Mayfield go up in flames during a storm on April 28, 2011. Lightning struck the bell, destroying it and setting the structure on fire. The adjacent fellowship hall was so badly damaged, church officials later decided to demolish it.
However, akin to the mythological phoenix rising from the ashes, the congregation has emerged from the incident alive and well.
The members of the church kept having their services, moving them to the Mayfield High School auditorium.
Rather than give up on the church, members of the congregation decided to rebuild.
The church's new structure will provide off-street parking and have the flexibility to seat more than 200 people. The one-story church will be 7,444 square feet and include an attic, a sanctuary and space for a fellowship hall. The building will include a nursery, two classrooms, a choir room, a small conference room, several closet spaces, a food pantry, a kitchen and offices. A cupola with a cross and lighting protection will sit atop the building.
The congregation did not even put off its 17th annual quilt show and holiday bazaar in November, merely moving the fundraiser to Mayfield Elementary School.
In April, a year after the fire, the members of the church also gathered for a special service to remember their loss and look to the future. As one parishioner noted, while there were many symbols of their struggles present, the congregation was stronger than it was the year before.
This should serve as a reminder of the positive effect dedicated people can have when they focus on addressing a problem.
A number of local churches have closed over the years. It's nice to see, despite the hardships endured, this one appears to be sticking around.