Efforts to rebuild the North Side Wesleyan Holiness Church mission house received a boost on Sunday when district resident Mr. Gary Chisholm handed over a cheque for $1,000.
Church board member Cassandra Ebanks said that brought the total raised so far to $64,000. The board is aiming for $200,000.
The mission house, on North Side Road just across from the sea, lost its roof and suffered water damage from Hurricane Ivan in September 2004. At first members hoped to repair the structure. Further assessment, however, showed the building to be beyond repair.
In addition to his cheque, Mr. Chisholm has offered to assist when the mission house is taken down. Church members were not surprised by his involvement, noting that his mother, Mrs. Fern McLaughlin, had contributed significantly to the original building, which was completed in 1944.
The new mission house will be built behind the church and raised off the ground, Ms Ebanks said.
The congregation very much wants the mission house because it is meant to serve as the pastor’s residence and will mean that the pastor can be available full time.
Pastor Conway King is currently serving, but he does not live nearby.
Meanwhile, members are seeking ways to raise funds.
Members of the church board include Mr. Leebert Forbes, Mr. Paul Hodgson, Mrs. Dawn Largie, Mrs. Winsome Prendergast, Ms Cassandra Ebanks and Ms Pat Ebanks.