Kirkmansville UMC - Open Hearts in the Open Air

October 29, 2010

The members of the Kirkmansville United Methodist Church (Todd County, Bowling Green District) have a desire to share the love of Christ with their community beyond the walls of the church. 

The parsonage behind the church had burned down several years ago, leaving a pile of rubble and overgrown weeds. Simply clearing the space was a good idea, but not good enough for this small congregation and Pastor Michael Ladd. The construction of a pavilion available free of charge to the churches and community in the Kirkmansville area was discussed.  District Superintendent Mike Powers said that he would love to have the Kirkmansville/Johnson’s Chapel 2010 Charge Conference under that shelter. 

On September 20, 2009, a groundbreaking ceremony was held on the site with a time of prayer, consecrating this space to the glory of God and the blessing of many. Throughout the year, funds were raised for this project from members, family, friends, and even the local Baptist Church. Returning to Kirkmansville on Sunday, September 12, 2010, Rev. Powers found a beautiful new pavilion ready to be enjoyed by the families and friends of the church. 

Kirkmansville UMC is another example of a small congregation that is willing to do whatever it takes to welcome their neighbors across the street and around the world.