MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A Lowcountry church was able to celebrate a major accomplishment as it held Easter services Sunday morning, welcoming worshipers into a new space with more than double the number of seats of the old one.
Seacoast Church opened the doors of their new building just in time for the holiday services.
Greg Surratt, the founding pastor of Seacoast Church, says they have been fighting with not having enough room for several years. He says on Easter and Christmas they would have to direct people to other rooms to watch the service on a screen or sometimes even turn them away since there was just no room left. Their original sanctuary has a little over 1,000 seats. The new building, connected to the old one, has 2,500 seats available in the main worship space.
It took twenty years’ worth of dreaming and three years’ worth of building to be able to open the new facility on Easter Sunday.
“I’m thankful it came on this weekend we are excited we won’t have to turn anyone away today,” Mount Pleasant Campus Lead Pastor Josh Surratt says.
“There’s a buzz today there really is we are excited we’ve been waiting, and you can hear it a little bit,” Greg Surratt says.
The church had no outside funding help for the building project. The congregation raised the needed $14 million dollars on their own.
“I feel the timing is just right we need something like this, so we can rejoice I feel truly blessed,” Balinda Dickerson, a church member says.
The church officials say Sunday’s focus is on the true meaning of Easter but they will be setting aside a separate time to dedicate the building on Memorial Day Weekend.
Seacoast’s Mount Pleasant facility is its primary location. Seacoast has campuses across South Carolina and in Asheville, North Carolina.