Mountain Statesman | Flemington Assembly of God Dedicates New Church

FLEMINGTON—New hope and a renewed spirit can be found in Flemington, for the Flemington Assembly of God has proven that when the Lord is involved, all will work out for His good.

After suffering a devastating fire that swept away the building, but left the outer cross on the building standing, the church began the process of rebuilding, while continuing to hold services in another location.

“Even though it was a difficult time for us, the church continued to thrive and we saw God do amazing things to help us rebuild,” Pastor Sylvia Simons said.

Now that the building is complete, Simons revealed there will be a church dedication and open house event to welcome the community to experience their new home of praise and worship.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 29.

“Everyone is welcome to come see our new building and visit the church family between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.,” Simons commented. “The dedication ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m.”

During the special celebration, the Reverend Benjamin Rainey will be the keynote speaker.

Rainey is an ordained Assemblies of God minister and has been involved in various ministries throughout his 20-year tenure with the organization. He is currently secretary-treasurer of the Potomac Ministry Network.

“We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, but if you can’t, we’d love to have you on Sunday morning,” Simons said.

She noted that the celebration would continue on Sunday, October 30 at 11:00 a.m., with special guest speaker Reverend Bobby Basham.

Basham is also a member of the Potomac Ministry Network, serving as a special assistant.

Consecration is the final step in the process of rebuilding the church.

On Monday, September 7, 2020, crews from the Flemington, Grafton and Bridgeport Fire Departments were notified of a fire at the church, located at 1001 West Veterans Memorial Highway, Flemington.

They worked to fight the flames for almost three and a half hours before all hell went out, but once the smoke cleared it was easy to see that the church had suffered extensive damage and was was considered a total loss.

Church officials, determined to be comforted in their love of the Lord, quickly found alternate locations for their services, first in the church parking lot and then at the Flemington Community Building.

“I would like to take a moment to say how grateful we are to our community of Flemington for opening up the community building for us to meet during the rebuilding process,” Simons said. “The whole city rallied around us and gave us lots of love and support.”

Resolving to meet again in their own building, Simons shared that the church had hired Huffman Corporation to erect the exterior of their new facility. However, with the ongoing COVID pandemic, construction prices have continued to rise, making the rebuilding process a rather expensive undertaking.

“God always provides, and he did just that,” Simons commented. “We have been blessed to have a missionary component of the Assemblies of God join us in accepting the rebuilding of our church as one of their projects.”

A total of nine families came to serve in their mission to help rebuild Flemington Assembly of God Church, donating their time and talents within the structure.

“They were amazing workers and we all became fast friends,” Simons revealed. “We could not complete this project without them and we are very grateful that they accepted our project.”

And while the church faced hardship in the aftermath of the fire, the congregation refused to let its spirit cool, and according to Simons, the congregation continued to thrive.

“We have continued to grow in numbers, and our people are excited for the future of the church,” she exclaimed.

Worship services will be held on Sundays at 11:00 a.m., as well as at 6:00 p.m., where members can also participate in discipleship groups. A Bible study for adults takes place every week on Wednesdays at the church from 6:30 p.m.

A Bible study will also be held virtually at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, via the church’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/flemingtonassembly.

The site can also be used to attend regular church services virtually, for those who don’t feel comfortable meeting in a group.

For more information, please visit the aforementioned Facebook page or visit www.flemingtonassembly.org.

Flemington Assembly of God can be contacted directly by calling 304-506-3448 or emailing [email protected]

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