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First United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville adding new wing

LAWRENCEVILLE - The First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville, one of the oldest congregations in the county, will be adding a new wing to its church following the 11 a.m. worship service June 22. The new renovations will add music and education wings to the church.

"Our congregation has grown to such an extent we can no longer house the folks we've got," said Susan Stevens, the church's communications coordinator.

The building project will consist of two phases. The first addition will be a 25,000-square-foot wing along the rear of the building that will house the youth ministry, children's ministry and additional adult education space. The second phase will add a 4,600-square-foot music suite to the front of the church. According to Stevens, the church put together a vision team to assess the needs of the congregation and decide the purpose of the renovations accordingly. The construction is to be completed in 2009.

Established in 1832, the church survived the Civil War and a fire in 1902, having moved among five locations since its establishment. The church's home on West Crogan Street was established in 1972. Since then, renovations in 1983, 1997 and 1998 increased the size of the sanctuary, added another education wing and expanded administrative office space. Other internal additions since then have included stained glass windows and a computer lab for community use. Finishing out its 176th year in Gwinnett, the church is ready for changes.

"The congregation is extremely excited," Stevens said. "Everyone is looking forward to the ground-breaking."