Tuesday, August 1, 2023

The Tavern Breaks Ground, Dream Center

Hickory Tavern, SC - The Tavern broke ground Sunday, July 30, 2023 for their new Dream Center. Drinks were on the house, Living Water and New Wine, the only drinks that can quinch one’s thirst, says the lead pastor, Rev. Chad Jordan, repeating the words of the Master. Free coffee and snacks were also available in Guest Services. Live music was provided by The Tavern Praise Team and Band.

Before the groundbreaking ceremony, Rev. Chad Jordan preached his Sunday morning sermon (inside the current worship center/gymnasium) on the "Influence of Social Media."  He took his outline from a previous Sprite commercial, which stated: Image is nothing. Thirst is everything. Obey your thirst. He mentioned influencers and how they should positively influence others; that the right image is important; how Jesus offered the woman at the well living-water that would quinch her thirst; how salt (influencers) should make others thirst for God; and lastly, obey the (godly) thirst for things above.

The service then moved outdoors as the crowd gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Dream Center, which will be 15,494 square feet and seat over 420 people. It will be one of the largest worship centers in Laurens County. 
This project has been over seven (7) years in the making, as the previous building had been condemned by the county and torn down due to structural issues with the rafters.

To kick-off the outdoor ceremony, Pastor Chad, read verses from the book of Habakkuk chapter two, which instructs the prophet to write down on tablets the God-given vision…and to wait for it to come to pass. Rev. Jordan went on the explain The Tavern’s mission statement: Dream. Develop. Discover.

“The goal is to create an environment that encourages people to dream, which is interchangeable with the word vision, and to be better” says, Rev. Jordan, “to help develop that dream, to disciple them, to come alongside, and help people to discover how that is supposed to work, what that looks like in God’s plan for their life, whatever your talents and strength are...” 

The church elders joined the pastor with shovels in hand to break ground, then ended the ceremony with prayer. Now the grading and construction can begin!

Everyone is welcome to be a part of The Tavern. The church is located at: 18069 SC-101, Gray Court, SC 29645 (formerly known as Hickory Tavern Church of God.)  For more info call 864.684.2201

Article contributed by: Celeste Culbertson

The top two photos contributed by: Summer Walls

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