New church will rise in a day

CrossPoint Apostolic Church will put together new sanctuary in one day with help from many volunteers

By Bethanny Lawson bethannysbooks@gmail.com
Posted 8/12/19

CrossPoint Apostolic Sanctuary of Paris is getting its own building for the first time, and the whole thing is going to be put together in a single day.

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New church will rise in a day

CrossPoint Apostolic Church will put together new sanctuary in one day with help from many volunteers

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CrossPoint Apostolic Sanctuary of Paris is getting its own building for the first time, and the whole thing is going to be put together in a single day.

Church in a Day is an event created by United Pentecostal International and approximately 140 churches have been built throughout the country using this model. The event is designed to bring people together and put up a building at a low cost.

CrossPoint’s event kicks off Aug. 16 at 802 North High Street. The location is across the street from Edgar Cemetery. Some preparatory work was necessary in order to complete the construction within the roughly 30-hour timeframe.

Site work including grading and stubbing in the plumbing and electrical work was done in advance. A framing crew arrives Monday, Aug. 12, to create the building frames and lay them on the ground around the church building site. At 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, volunteers start raising the pre-built walls.

Ultimately, there are three phases to erecting a United Pentecostal church as a Church in a Day project. Phase one happens Friday. It involves completing a building with two restrooms, three classrooms, an office and a sanctuary that seats about 100 people. Phase two is upgrading to a bigger sanctuary capable of accommodating up to 250 worshippers. The new sanctuary is an addition that gives the building an L-shape. The original sanctuary becomes a fellowship hall when the enlarged space goes into service.

Phase three occurs at the point of need, and this involves another sanctuary to seat around 500 people. The older parts of the building can be converted to suit individual church needs when a bigger sanctuary is added.

Pastor Andrew Garvin of CrossPoint is a Paris native, and this is his first time participating in Church in a Day.

“I knew this was what I wanted to do from a very young age,” Garvin said, noting the call to preach came to him early.

He began preaching at only 13 years old and he got a local license to be a pastor at 17. After getting married, he and his wife left Paris to become the youth pastors of Sidel Assembly. They soon felt called back to Paris and started their own church in 2013. CrossPoint has been a congregation for six years.

Garvin said during his early days in the pastorate, it never occurred to him that he would plant a church.

“I think God had to deal with me first,” said Garvin, who was ordained in 2017.

Now, CrossPoint is ready to take the next steps to becoming an established congregation and members are excited to finally have their own church building after renting one for six years.

“We want to be established here so we can grow here,” said Garvin.

CrossPoint’s current building has little air conditioning, which can be quite uncomfortable when summers are as hot as the current one. Garvin said the new church building will be much more comfortable. The new building will also enable CrossPoint to grow in hospitality and service to the community.

“We want to be able to contribute to the community more, and this will make it easier to do that,” he said.

Church in a Day is all done through volunteers, so few people actually end up being paid for labor. It is much easier to get people to volunteer for projects that only take up a few hours of their time, compared to a week or more, which is why Church in a Day works so well. It also brings people together.

Garvin anticipates volunteers from Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri and Iowa, as well as a motorcycle group called the Azusa Street Riders. Overall, he said between 300 and 350 people are coming to Paris to participate in the church raising.

He wants everyone to know they do not have to be church members to participate. This project isn’t common, and he finds it exciting to see people come together to accomplish something. There is work for people without building skills, and there are even people coming just to sit across the street and watch at the cemetery.

“No one should feel like they can’t come,” says Garvin.

Volunteers will receive T-shirts and be fed their meals through the day. Working at the food tent is another job where volunteers are needed.

Construction is following an established schedule so the work flows at a manageable pace. For example, the church walls are going up at 7 a.m., and the carpet and other flooring is expected to start around 11 p.m. Not every volunteer has to be there at the same time because there will be different jobs throughout the day. Volunteers are parking off-site and being shuttled to the location because the parking lot on the church site is not completed yet.

The whole process takes around 30 hours, so CrossPoint’s official church building will go up quite literally overnight. Friday the lot will still look empty, and by early Saturday afternoon a finished building will be in place.