Lilly Chapel Methodist dedicates new expansion

Messenger photo by Jeff Pfeil
The new addition at Lilly Chapel Methodist Church was many years in the making.

(Posted March 6, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

For the better part of the past 30 years, the parishioners at Lilly Chapel Methodist Church have talked about building an addition onto their small country church. That dream has finally become a reality.

On March 3, the congregation held a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for their new expansion. The addition is home to a large kitchen, pastor’s office, secretary’s office, community room, restrooms, and a shower. The entire structure is handicap accessible.

“We want to let the community know that they are welcome. We want to grow,” said long-time parishioner Connie Ballah who, with her sister, Judy Green, co-chaired the building project committee. “We’re a small church, but we’re a mighty church. We do a lot of outreach and mission work. We just want to draw people in.”

Messenger photo by Jeff Pfeil
Connie Ballah (left) and John Andrix (right) cut the ribbon at the dedication of Lilly Chapel Methodist Church’s new addition. Among those looking on are Carol Gatrell (center).

The late Mary Andrix was among the parishioners who really wanted to see the expansion happen. She encouraged church leaders to choose a down-to-earth plan for the expansion that corresponded with the church’s humble roots and made it doable sooner rather than later, Ballah said.

“It is lovely. Mary would be so proud of it,” Ballah said.

Many hands went into making the project possible, with donations made to the building fund over the years. One of the special touches comes thanks to the late Bille Gatrell, a church member who harvested ash trees from his property and prepared the timbers to be used as trim work in the new addition.

Lilly Chapel Methodist Church is located at 8530 Lilly Chapel Georgesville Rd., London. Tim Rash Jr. serves as pastor.

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