Flamborough-Glanbrook Donna Skelly, Pastor Bill Thornton and Ward 15 Councillor Judi Partridge prepare to cut the cake at the Flamborough Baptist Church expansion grand opening celebration. – Julia Lovett/Metroland
The Flamborough Baptist Church congregation celebrates the completion of its more than 9,000-square-foot addition at a special ribbon cutting ceremony April 7. – Julia Lovett/Metroland
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What started out as a dream to expand has now become a reality for the Flamborough Baptist Church.
“We had no idea how long it would take,” said pastor Bill Thornton. “We had no idea it would take this long.”
Roughly 10 years, or 87,600 hours later, the vision for a more than 9,000-square-foot addition was realized. A grand opening to mark the $3-million expansion’s completion was held April 7 at the 5th Concession Road East church, where dignitaries joined congregation members in celebrating the project’s completion.
“We’re just amazed that it’s finally come together and it really has been a team effort,” said Thornton, who accepted letters of congratulations from Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger and Flamborough-Glanbrook MP David Sweet before turning over the microphone to Ward 15 Coun. Judi Partridge and Flamborough-Glanbrook MPP Donna Skelly, who offered their own remarks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The newly-expanded church now boasts a bigger activity room, a new youth room, a Sunday school room, banquet hall space, and new restrooms.
For Brian Anderson, chair of the building committee, the project’s completion is the first step into the church’s future.
“We want to use this building for the community and for our own congregation,” he said. “To me it’s kind of like the wow factor. It has come to fruition finally and it’s fantastic.”