Kokomo, IN — Third Street Christian Church announced a new building project to coincide with its members’ inability to agree on replacing the existing pews with new chairs in the current sanctuary.
“We’re running out of space and figured we could put people closer together in chairs than on the pews,” said elder board chairman Frank Meany. “We were just going to take out the pews and get those nice stacking chairs like they have in the big churches. But some of the traditionalists said, no, this is church—we’re sitting on oak pews like the apostles did. So we reached a compromise and will build a new chapel and that’s where we’ll put the new chairs. So, really, it pretty much solves the space problem, too.”
The church building, originally constructed in 1913, has seen its share of controversy over the years.
“The Carpet Fiasco of ’58, that was a doozy,” said Meany. “I was just a kid at the time but I can remember my parents coming home from meetings, all upset. The carpet in the foyer needed replaced and nobody could agree on the color. That went on for months, caused a lot of heartache for folks. Some left the church.”
“And you don’t even want to know about the Basement Kitchen Paint Debate of ’72,” added Meany.
The church sees an opportunity, though, to use the new space as it looks to the future.
“Some of the folks have wanted to start a contemporary music Sunday service, too, which would never have flown in the old sanctuary,” said Meany. “That could go in the chapel with the new chairs.”