In November, First United Methodist Church Springdale celebrated the opening of their newly renovated chapel. The project, according to Senior Pastor Andrew Thompson, began in the fall of 2017 with a fundraising campaign, and all of the money needed to fund the project was raised by the congregation.
The original chapel was built in 1936 and served as the main sanctuary of the church from 1936 to 1980. It is the oldest existing part of FUMC Springdale, but was left pretty much unused for almost 40 years.
The Chapel, as the church calls it, now holds the Cornerstone worship service. It seats 250 compared to the sanctuary’s 650 capacity, making it a more intimate worship experience.
Springdale First was also able to add an ADA-compliant ramp, making The Chapel handicap accessible for the first time in its history.
Pictures from the dedication ceremony held on Nov. 3, as well as shots of the interior of The Chapel, can be seen on the following pages.