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Open house

Goffstown Methodist Church now home to Christadelphians

June 12. 2013 8:52PM

GOFFSTOWN — The doors were wide open at 18 North Mast Road during Goffstown’s Old Home day festivities.

After much renovation and updating, the Christadelphians of Goffstown hosted an open house at the worship hall that they purchased more than two years ago.

The church building was built in 1889 and was previously owned by the Methodist Church of Goffstown. After meeting in rented or borrowed space for more than three decades, the Christadelphians acquired ownership of the antique chapel in March of 2011.

Many updates were needed to allow this building to be restored as a place of worship. Since funds were tight, most of the work had to be done by the members.

Supporters put in countless hours of hard work cleaning, building, scrubbing, painting, refinishing and more. Electricity was updated, additional bathrooms were installed, and handicap accessibility was arranged.

Christadelphians travelled from near and far to lend a hand with this large effort. Many helpers from around New England came in for a weekend of work; others came from as far away as Virginia to help make this dream a reality for this small group of Bible believers.

“While working outside on the front steps or exterior building maintenance, we would often get cheers or thumbs up from people passing by, many remarked how happy they were that the building would remain a house of worship. It was really encouraging as we carried on in the work set before us,” said Tiffany McInturff, a member of the Christadelphians.

After countless hours bringing the building up to required code, the Christadelphians began meeting regularly at the hall for their Sunday services on a joyous day in January of 2012.

Christadelphians are a worldwide group of enthusiastic Bible students. They believe that the Word of God is their sole authority on matters of doctrine and practice. With no paid clergy, they take turns serving in the necessary roles within their “ecclesia” (the Greek New Testament word for church).

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