Good job, Branchville United Methodist Church

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In a time when Americans’ weekly church attendance is declining, it’s good to see that Perry County’s congregations are holding their own and in some cases, even growing.

We congratulate Branchville United Methodist Church for recently completing its new church home. It replaces a smaller structure across the road

Pastor Josh Harris and members of the congregation deserve credit for keeping a decades-old dream of a new church alive. Over the past couple of years, church attendance there has grown and the old church simply wouldn’t hold the crowd many Sundays. That’s a good problem for any church.

The new church is attractive and functional, with a large sanctuary area, meeting rooms and kitchen for church functions, funeral meals, etc.

The building project drew congregation members’ time and talents, from those who grabbed their hammers and nail aprons to help and later joined in the project to paint walls and seal floors. 

Once home to a market and post office and a larger number of homes and active farms, Branchville’s church is a hub of activity there, much as the Perry Central school system is. The new church is a testament to the commitment of its members to ensure future generations have a place to worship.

We were especially pleased to hear that a few of the volunteers helping paint and do carpentry work actually attend church somewhere else but wanted to contribute to the new church’s progress.

Our local churches have long had a tradition of working together to help friends and neighbors in need. That’s what faith is all about, realizing that while we attended  churches with different names, there is a lot more that unites us than divides us.

So, congratulations again to everyone who has labored to ensure Branchville United Methodist and Branchville the community will remain on Perry County’s map for many years to come.

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