First Baptist Church of South Londonderry has been rebuilding this past summer and fall after a fire destroyed the previous building in August of 2010. The new building will be in the same location as the previous one, and it is already visible while crossing the bridge on Route 100. Over the past few months the site has been prepared, the foundation has been poured, the walls have been constructed, and the roof has been placed on the building. What stood as an empty lot for almost four years is finally taking shape as the new church building, which is built in the same footprint of the old building.
Construction will pause for the winter until the beginning of April due to weather. Originally the plan was to continue construction through the winter, but the work would require tarping and heating over the winter, which would be costly and difficult. Construction will resume in the spring, beginning with adding brick to the sanctuary portion of the building and shingling the roof. The church is excited about finally rebuilding, but they are regularly evaluating how to be cost effective in the construction.
First Baptist continues to raise money for the completion of the project. They had adequate insurance; however, with current commercial building codes, they are raising funds to help with the added expense. The exterior of the building will be finished in the spring and summer of 2015, and the site will be landscaped. Many people have made generous contributions towards the new building, and the church is very thankful for those donations. More information about the building and fundraising efforts is on the church website: www.firstbaptistlondonderryvt.org.