INDIAN LAND — After meeting at the Indian Land Recreation Center for several years, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Mission in Indian Land will be breaking ground for a new church building on Sept. 8.
“As a church, we have been running a three-year capital campaign. Parishioners make a pledge and donate to the capital campaign,” said Nicole Ayers, a member of the congregation and active volunteer in the building process.
“Our women’s group collected recipes to create a cookbook. All profits went to the building fund. We had a gala event with a silent auction, and we also sold commemorative brick pavers,” Ayers explained.
“We are so excited that we will be breaking ground for our church.”
The new facility will allow existing and new members easier access to worship and service opportunities.
“With a larger facility, and one we can go to any day of the week, we will be able to serve our community better,” said Barbara Ternovan, president of the mission’s Women’s Club.
“We can have social functions with more space. Actually, the things we can do now are endless. We do food drives for the needy at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas; maybe we will be able to expand this to a food bank. We have so many parishioners who are willing to give of their time and talents. We are very fortunate in that area.”
A project that has been years in the making and will continue for years to come, the groundbreaking and new facility have become life-changing to volunteers and parishioners who have poured time and money into the cause.
“I have been so pleased to be on the ground floor of growing this parish,” Ternovan said. “It is something I have always wanted to do, and I feel God put me here to do just that. What a blessing!”