The venerable Bethel Church Sanctuary has witnessed war, storms, a severe earthquake, and the usual trials of life, yet continues to be the center of religious worship and activity for all.
Bethel faced, perhaps, its greatest challenge when termites were discovered in the sanctuary attic in December 2007. Extensive damage had already occurred. For safety reasons, the sanctuary was closed for worship in the spring of 2008. A Sanctuary Restoration Committee was formed to guide work and make financial plans for completing the restoration project. Professional engineers and contractors began work.
Restoration and repair was completed and worship resumed in the sanctuary on November 1, 2009. Everyone is invited to join Bethel members for worship each Sunday in the newly restored sanctuary which was constructed in the early 1850’s. Worship services are held at 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
The Technical Merit Award was given to Jason Gregorie by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), SC Section, for the Bethel project.
Archive of articles regarding the Sanctuary Restoration Project:
Jan. 11, 2009
Feb 8, 2009
Mar 8, 2009
May 10, 2009
Read the Post and Courier article dated April 27, 2009
Read the Post and Courier article dated April 17, 2008 http://archives.postandcourier.com/archive/arch08/0408/arc04176126551.shtml
Read the Post and Courier article date October 13, 2008
2008 Sanctuary Restoration
After discovering severe termite damage in the attic of Bethel Church Sanctuary in December, 2007, the sanctuary was officially closed in the early spring of 2008. Worship services continue in the Fellowship Hall while the sanctuary undergoes a major repair and restoration.