Church prepares to move to new digs

If you build it, they will come.

That is what Pastor Paul McCart of Parkside Covenant Church is hoping anyway, as he oversees and helps put the final touches on a newly built church in Clifton Park.

From the looks of it, McCart will have no problem filling the 300-person worship center, as people look in wonderment as the building progresses.

Parkside Covenant Church, which operated out of the community center on Burning Bush Road in Clifton Park, will take its more than 150 members and move to the new location Sunday, July 13.

McCart said at the former building the church had a low visibility. This will really help, he said of drawing attention to the church.

In addition to the new facility, the church will also offer more church services.

Parkside will add two new services to its schedule beginning July 9. In addition to the church's 10 a.m. Sunday service, McCart will offer an 8:30 a.m. service on Sunday and a 7 p.m. service on Thursday.

He said several of the church's members like to go away on weekends or have other commitments like sporting events or work, which conflict with the Sunday schedule, so McCart decided to offer a mid-week service for those individuals.

McCart said while working on the church, a deliveryman dropped off a pizza and upon entering the church asked McCart if anybody could join the congregation.

The new church, built on 6 acres of land donated by Eva Jarose of Clifton Park, will offer a state-of-the-art worship center complete with audio and video installations, as well as several youth rooms, and a welcome center.

"It's a great new space," said church member Andy Karhan of Scotia, who serves as the church leadership coordinator.

Karhan has been a member of the church for five years and said they were talking about building a new church when he first became a member.

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