Easter service goes big at Southside

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PRINCETON, Ky. (KT) - Southside Baptist Church celebrated Easter by moving its morning worship service to the church’s new Family Life Center. The church recorded its largest Sunday morning attendance in years with 494 people attending.

Pastor Kyle Noffsinger preached on two key points from Matthew’s account of the death and resurrection of Christ — the death of deaths and hope rises.

The $3.1 million building will not only be available for worship services, but will house Sunday school, student and children’s activities, plus various community events.

“We’re using it to host every high school boys’ and girls’ athletic teams, their coaches and parents throughout the year for a meal, a prayer for the season and a gospel message,” Noffsinger said. We’ve already had a community blood drive in it, with another soon to follow.

“We’ve offered our facility to Caldwell Medical Center should it need more space to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. I’ve also talked to Youth, Inc., representatives and we will be hosting games in our facility in the upcoming season. We’ve already been hosting practices.”

Noffsinger, who became Southside’s pastor in February 2020, a month before the pandemic interrupted regular church activities, said he is excited about the new building’s opportunities to reach the community with the gospel and to meet community needs. “The building was built with the intent of not only ministry for Southside, but to be available as a community emergency shelter location. It has restrooms and shower stalls, a fully-equipped commercial kitchen and a power supply switch installed for portable generator hookup to supply emergency power to the building.”

Noffsinger noted that the 33,000-square-foot building was constructed with growth in mind. It has 5,000 square feet in an unfinished upstairs.

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