Church groundbreaking set for Sunday in Champaign

     A groundbreaking ceremony will be held this weekend for a new church on the north side of Champaign.

     A new Church of The Living God will be built at the corner of Fourth Street and Bradley Avenue to replace the existing facility.

     Bishop Lloyd E. Gwin, the pastor of the church, said the new 30,000-square-foot building is expected to cost between $2.5 million and $3 million.

     Gwin said plans for a new facility have been in the works for about 10 years, and the new building will mean a lot to the community.

     The Church of The Living God has about 1,200 members, Gwin said.  The old church only has enough seating for 350 people, but the new one will have seating for about 900.  The old building will be used as a multipurpose facility once the new one is built.

     Gwin said he expects construction on the new church to begin next month and be completed by late next spring or early summer.

     The groundbreaking ceremony will be held Sunday at 3 p.m.

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