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Congregation could move into new church as soon as next month

Fresh off celebrating Holy Week and hosting a spring fling for the community at its brand new location on Highway 56 North, Pastor Brad McKenzie of Jesus Saves Church says the new home will be completely framed and plumbed after electrical and HVAC finish up this week.

Pastor McKenzie and his congregation are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with hard work at the location coming to a close. Interior work including drywall installation, hanging doors, trimwork, and painting are next on the docket. Church members are currently picking out floor coverings, which will be one of the last things to do before move-in happens.

“Obviously there is much to do in between each step,” Pastor McKenzie said. “We are doing all of this while we continue to serve in every way we can and continuing all other aspects of ministry within the church and community.”

McKenzie’s best guess as to when the new Jesus Saves Church will be complete is sometime in May, saying, “We are prayerful that we can accomplish this goal by then, if not sooner.”

Jesus Saves Church is especially hopeful to actualize this as Vacation Bible School is scheduled to take place at the new facility in mid-June. McKenzie adds on this note that congregants are preparing for this both tangibly and in prayer.

McKenzie and church leadership are thankful for all the prayers and support they have been shown by the local community and the region. Jesus Saves has had (and continues to have) constant financial support from area townspeople. As of now, Jesus Saves has raised $140,000 of their $250,000 goal.

On this note, the church has just kicked off another fundraising campaign for the year. Jesus Saves will be selling spaghetti plates for this Friday, April 29, for pic-up starting at 11 a.m. and running through 1 p.m. at the church’s current home on West Main Street.

If you aren’t interested in spaghetti, there are other ways to support Jesus Saves Church. Donations are accepted daily through PayPal (, CashApp ($jesussaveschurch), Venmo (@jesussaveschurch), or by mail at P.O. Box 885, Swainsboro, GA 30401.

“As soon as we do get moved in, we are planning to have a huge community kick-off event, grand opening, ribbon cutting with free food and games, and a live concert,” Pastor McKenzie said, “just to show our gratitude to the community and to give everyone a chance to come and see what they have poured so faithfully into over the past 15 to 18 months. Thank you, thank you, thank you—a million thank you’s!”

In the meantime, if you’re looking for a place to go to church, Jesus Saves continues to host services every week at 410 West Main Street with Sunday school starting at 10 a.m. and morning worship following at 11 a.m.

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