What began in the 1800s as a small wooden church in rural Locust Fork named Tabernacle United Church has evolved into a more updated facility named Turning Point United Methodist Church.
Throughout the years, there had been several additions and renovations to the little white church, but the sanctuary remained the same. In 2016, the congregation decided to increase facility space for the youth and children’s areas, as well as for the fellowship hall. They would also build a new sanctuary.
Because many iconic features remained in the old sanctuary, the plan was to incorporate as much of its materials as possible in the new sanctuary and other rooms throughout the church. The tongue-and-groove flooring was used to create a floor-to-ceiling panel in the new sanctuary. Pastor Cam Price said, “We wanted to honor the past and prepare for the future.”
All while continuing to have services in the old sanctuary, and after nearly two years of renovations and construction, Turning Point United Methodist Church held a Celebration Sunday on Sept. 30. As part of the celebration, they invited the construction workers and others who had a hand in building the new facility.
The old sanctuary has been turned into a gathering area with added bathroom facilities and an enlarged nursery.
The church now has its sights on being a chartered church, which simply means they will be recognized as an official United Methodist Church. The current members will become charter members. This celebration is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Price said they currently average 90 in attendance each week, which is significantly up from the average of 20 when she became pastor in 2013. She said, “Turning Point looks at this construction/ new building/renovations as a tool that God has provided for us to be used to ‘reach one more’ in the name of Jesus Christ.”
Turning Point is located at 337 Tabernacle Road, Locust Fork. Their services are held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Price at 675- 8584.