Historic church looks for salvation

MORY – A steering committee has been formed to study the feasibility of purchasing, repairing and restoring the historic First Christian Church building located on Third Street in Amory.
The group has examined the building, had it inspected by city officials and building professionals, and found it to be structurally sound, but in desperate need of repairs to prevent further deterioration.
Built in 1926, it is one of the oldest buildings in Amory. It has the original stained glass windows throughout both floors and the original pews. The building is large enough that it could serve multiple purposes for community functions and activities.
Gloria Herring, whose grandparents were members of the Christian Church when it was moved from Cotton Gin Port to the new town of Amory in 1888, recognized the historical significance to the community.
As the first church in Amory, all denominations met together at the Christian Church until the different denominations could establish and erect their own churches. The existing building was erected in 1926 to replace a wooden structure, and for many years, the Christian Church flourished as one of Amory’s largest and most active congregations.
In 1988, the building was sold to the Freewill Baptist Church, but it is no longer being used and has been for sale for almost a year. Not wanting to see this building torn down or for it to become unsalvageable as has been the case with several other historic Amory buildings, Herring contacted some like-minded residents. Interest in saving the building has begun to grow.
Amory native Mike Clayborne, with the CREATE Foundation, has been consulted for guidance, and arrangements have been made for all contributions to the project to be handled through CREATE. It will maintain all financial records and acknowledge receipt of tax-deductible contributions to the church project.
Anyone interested in joining the effort can contact (662) 256-5558 or 256-5373 or e-mail judyleechdobbs@yahoo.com or larrypickle@bellsouth.net.

Monroe Journal