Charleston church breaks ground for $750,000 Epic Center for children’s ministry

Posted Sept. 01, 2011, at 8:48 p.m.

CHARLESTON, Maine — Members of Charleston Pentecostal Church held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for it new children’s ministry building next to the church at 185 Main Road.

The 12,000 square-foot Epic Center will seat more than 400 and house SoulFire, the church’s senior high school group. The steel building will feature state-of-the art technology such as panoramic screens, theater-grade lighting and have multimedia capacity.

The cost is estimated at $750,000. It is scheduled to be completed in spring 2012.

“For decades, Charleston Pentecostal has had a strong emphasis on serving our youth,” Walter Young, vice chairman of the church’s board of directors. “Now that ministry has grown to the point that we must expand our facilities.”

Attendance at the church’s programs for children ages 2 through 10 grew from 100 a week in 2007 to 175 a week in 2010, according to Ward.

Construction crews have laid the foundation and are scheduled to pour the slab next week.

Erection of the building is scheduled to begin in about a month.

“This will be a facility where kids can have a positive, upbeat and safe encounter with God,” Pastor Matt Ward said in a press release. “It will be a new facility to serve a new generation.”

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