Cayman Islands Baptist Church congregation members broke ground for a worship and ministry facility on Pedro Castle Road, Savannah, Sunday.
The two-storey sanctuary with a seating capacity of more than 575 will be located on three acres of property donated by Hubert and Elizabeth Bodden.
With construction slated to begin immediately and a completion date set for within a year, the facility will also include a fellowship hall, offices, a conference room, prayer rooms and classroom.
At the moment, the congregation meets at Sir Vassel Johnson Hall at the University College of the Cayman Island with an average weekly attendance of 125.
Sunday ministry includes a morning worship service and Sunday school for all ages. There is also a Friday night activity for teens, child care services during worship and Bible study groups meeting in various homes.
Cayman Baptist was born out of a home prayer meeting in early October 2005 attended by nine members.
In no time the group had grown. Although it did not seem realistic at the time for a ministry facility, after much prayer and discussion the idea seemed feasible.
A steering committee of 10 members, chaired by Calvin Bromfield and supported by the congregation, met regularly for spiritual oversight on the issue.
A building fund was launched, and as a result of faithful and sacrificial giving, the groundbreaking took place a year later.
Reverend Lambert Mills conducts service at the college hall.