Bridging the Gap

Over 100 people came out Saturday afternoon for an event at the building that once housed Calvary United Methodist Church on Laurens’ Park Street. The church closed between 1 and 2 years ago, but the Greenwood District is seeking to reopen it, not as a church, but a place to be used the “Bridge the Gap,” especially for children and their families. The idea for this missing came to a Laurens native who moved back home within the past two years. Calvin “J.C.” Whitmire has volunteer teachers willing to meet with children and their parent Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Rev. James Friday is Superintendent of the Greenwood District of the United Methodist Church. We asked what he expects to see happening at the former church.

“Well, one, I think it’s community engagement, not just outreach, where the churches as well as the community engage in bridging the gap. Whether it’s in education, whether its faith, whether its health and wholeness, and I think when we do that together we can do a lot more than we can do by ourselves. J.C. has done a tremendous job of following the vision God has given him for the community.  …and so we’re here to walk along side him and with this community.”

Calvin “J.C.” Whitmire will be the guest on tomorrow morning’s News Magazine to explain more the vision he has for the community.