Lebanon Church Moves to School After Fire
LEBANON--Church is going to school next Sunday.
First Baptist Church Trustees signed a two-month lease with Lebanon Middle School on Saturday to hold services in the cafeteria.
The 70 or so members of the church will set up chairs before their 10 a.m. service and take chairs down when they leave. They'll bring their bibles and sound equipment and clean up after themselves every week.
“We’re used to having to be mobile,” said church executive committee chair Keith Davio.
The church has been without a building since a fire destroyed the First Baptist Church overnight Dec. 28.
Services have temporarily been at the Mason Lodge at 25 Green Street this past month. Church trustees finalized the lease to move to the middle school on Moulton Ave Saturday.
Several other buildings in Lebanon and churches in neighboring towns offered use of their spaces, but church trustees wanted to stay in Lebanon.
Unlike the Mason Lodge, the school is handicap accessible. The building is large enough to accommodate all church members and it's not used on Sundays by other groups.
“There’s only limited stuff that’s available that meets all the criteria,” Davio said. “That doesn’t mean we’re going to stay (at the school).”
It's unclear where church move from there.
A committee is forming to discuss long-term locations for the the church to move to while the remains of the First Baptist Church on School Street will soon be demolished.