- Associated Press - Saturday, March 3, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Bismarck church is planning a $2 million expansion after growing 45 percent in the past five years.

Legacy United Methodist Church is expanding its youth ministry facilities and starting operations in south Bismarck in order to accommodate its growing membership.

The church will break ground on seven youth ministry classrooms, two adult classrooms and an expanded youth ministry meeting room this spring, the Bismarck Tribune reported . Officials hope to complete the expansion by January 2019.

“We need options on where to put all these beautiful kids,” said Student Ministry Director Vicky Vetter, who oversees programming for 70 children.

The church has pledges for half of the amount needed for the expansion project.

Since it has had so much success in its neighborhood near Horizon Middle School, the church is looking to extend its reach to the south end of Bismarck.

Pastor Andy Early plans to lead bible studies in south Bismarck and Lincoln. The south side bible study sessions will focus on topics such as marriage and parenting, he said.

He hopes to have enough congregation members by the end of this year or early 2019 to rent space and hold regular Sunday service in the community.

Legacy United currently has a 27,000-square-foot building that sits on a 17-acre campus. The church moved to the current location in November 2013 after outgrowing its downtown location.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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