The church closes, changes ownership

A property in Finley Street Church has changed ownership.

The Jacksonville Community Christian Church, located at 405 Finley Street, decided to close and a small church took over the property.

Jacksonville Bible Church took possession of the property in early August.

The Jacksonville Bible Church began in November 2019 and the church was meeting in the recital hall at MacMurray College, Pastor Andrew Lafferty said.

Lafferty said the Jacksonville Bible Church was looking for another place to meet after the college announced it was closing last year.

“We prayed for six months to find a building to use,” Lafferty said.

The Jacksonville Bible Church connected with the Jacksonville Community Christian Church and shared the building for 18 months, he said.

Starting next month, Jacksonville Bible Church will be the only church there.

“We are pleased to announce that the Jacksonville Bible Church will continue to use our church to lead a gospel-centered ministry in our community. We are grateful that our neighborhood continues to be blessed with the presence of a healthy church in this neighborhood for years to come, ”Jacksonville Community Christian Church said in a statement.

The buildings and property were sold to Jacksonville Bible Church for $ 1,000, Lafferty said. The Jacksonville Community Christian Church had been looking for someone to share the building for three years.

“We are very grateful for that,” he said.

The Jacksonville Bible Church was grateful that it was able to move into a building that had everything already set up, such as a nursery, ministry offices, and a place of worship. It is a “great blessing,” he said.

This month, the Jacksonville Community Christian Church invited people to Sunday worship to celebrate the life of the Jacksonville Community Christian Church.

Sunday is the last day that the Jacksonville Community Christian Church will be open before closing.

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