Clydes Chapel celebrates mortgage burning

Edward Hallman, Cole White and Carrol Caughman light up the mortgage at Clydes Chapel Methodist Church during a recent special service. (Submitted photo)


On June 27, 2019, a loan of $300,000 for a new sanctuary built at Clydes Chapel Southern Methodist Church was paid in full. We set the date of August 18, 2019 as the mortgage burning ceremony at the Church, located at 2001 Spann Rd, Batesburg.

On Aug. 26, 2007, we voted as a church to add a new sanctuary. Mr. Lamar Lake, a local architect drew up the plans for the new sanctuary. Johnny Jackson was selected as the contractor.

On Oct. 14, 2007, we held the groundbreaking ceremony. This was a very exciting day for us. On Nov. 2, 2007, the loan papers were signed by our then Board of Trustees, Edward Hallman, Charlie Shealy and Tom Denby (now deceased).

As we started to prepare for the construction of the new sanctuary, we moved out of the old sanctuary on Nov. 25, 2007 and into the fellowship hall, where we held service until the construction was complete.

Johnny Jackson Builders began the foundation on Nov. 13, 2007. As the construction continued on the building, there were many meetings being held by the Building Committee, which consisted of Nikole Addy, Judy Enlow, Tom Denby, Carroll Caughman, Clayton Storey, Jarrod Long and Tim Enlow. Many hours went into making decisions about the new sanctuary, from wall color, lighting to carpet color.

Prior to the construction, we formed a fundraising committee. This committee consisted of Gina White, April Storey, Winfred Hallman and Judy Enlow. We held various fundraisers over the years. We would like to thank those that gave donations, bought what we were selling, purchased a pew, a square foot in the new sanctuary or gave anonymously.

Preacher Greg Williams said when we reached $100,000 he would preach a sermon from the roof top. On April 6, 2008, he climbed up the ladder and fulfilled that promise.

The day finally arrived to move into our new sanctuary. Dedication day was Aug. 3, 2008. We had special guests in attendance and a ribbon cutting ceremony by our longest tenured members Oberia “Snap” Taylor and Derrell “Gal” Storey (now deceased). There were 180 in attendance for the service.

God has truly blessed us over the years. We celebrated 10 years in our new sanctuary in August 2018. This was another great day of celebration and fellowship.

This past Sunday was another great day of celebration. We are now debt-free at Clydes Chapel. What a great feeling!

We had special guests with us: Lamar Lake, the architect; Johnny Jackson, the contractor; and electrician M.C. Matthews. Our President of the denomination, the Rev. Dr. Dan Thigpen, brought the message. “Snap” Taylor shared memories of Clydes since she’s been here all of her life, and at 93 years young what a blessing she is. We also worshipped in song and shared photos of the past.

Our three trustees — Edward Hallman, Cole White and Carrol Caughman — did the honors of lighting up the mortgage as we all watched it burn. Each person in attendance was given a commemorative stadium cup with the church name, mortgage burn and the date on it. We then gathered in the fellowship hall and had a meal and time of fellowship together.

This was also a bittersweet day. As we celebrated, we remembered the ones that are no longer with us since the construction. Preacher Greg Williams had been with us for 17 years and very much a big part of where we are now as a church. He was greatly missed during this special day of celebration. I believe he would tell us that we must continue doing God’s work and press forward.

We don’t know what the future holds for us at Clydes Chapel, but we know with God on our side we will be able to do great things. Pray for us as we seek God for guidance.

During this time, we are blessed to have Jordan Smith as a fill-in pastor, joined by his wife Ollie and two sons, Cotton and Creek. As it says in Luke 1:37, “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Submitted by Judy Enlow / Posted August 26, 2019