It all started with the discovery of structural instability in an older addition to their church. There was no doubt that it had to be torn down, but their dream was to replace it with a 3,000+ square foot new addition that would consist of classrooms, a larger and updated kitchen, meeting space and restrooms.
The church, along with the adjoining public park on the church property, has long been the centerpiece of the Sunnycrest addition in Northwest Marion. When the addition was developed in the 1950’s, the city required the developer to set aside land for a city park and a church, to anchor the new neighborhood. The (then E.U.B. church) was built in 1956 and was well received by the families in the surrounding community. In 1958, General Motors built the Fisher Body plant nearby and the Sunnycrest development grew to over 500 homes, which helped to accommodate the influx of new families moving to the area to work at the new plant.
Sunnycrest United Methodist Church Still Serving Their Community…
After many hours of planning and raising funds, in 2015, they broke ground on the new addition. Since the ground breaking, the church’s neighbors have dropped by to see the progress and have shown a great deal of interest in the project. The church still continues to be an anchor for this neighborhood.
In August 2016, the church hosted over 450 athletes for the regional Special Olympics. They hope to host other events, utilizing the new space, with special emphasis on outreach to children and youth in their neighborhood and beyond.