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Swansboro United Methodist Church and the community served by our church is experiencing unprecedented growth! As a result, a new Family Life & Ministry Center was approved in the fall of 2011. (This Center was renamed to simply the Ministry Center in August 2015.)

Our Vision: We are building for today and for the future, by accommodating our growing need for an expanded Contemporary Worship space, adding children’s and adult classrooms, enlarging fellowship areas, creating new youth activity areas, and increasing our capability to support outreach ministries.

The Twenty Dollar Fellowship program was established to cover the monthly payments for this building. Read about the opportunity to commit to this program.

Consecration Service, September 27, 2015

Opening Sunday, August 9, 2015!

We are excited to have the first services in our new Ministry Center on August 9th. Each of our three worship services were held in the new center.

Help support our new Ministry Center by purchasing an SUMC Beacon tee shirt! They are $15 each or two for $25. Proceeds go towards purchasing the sound and lighting equipment in the new Ministry Center. They are designed of quality material and make great gifts. It's also a great way to advertise and evangelize for our church and our Lord! To purchase a tee shirt, contact the church office, Terry Proper (910.340.4155), or one of the pastors. Thank you so much for your support!

Construction Photos      Click on Photo for larger view.

July 2014

February 14, 2014

Groundbreaking June 30, 2013

See all the pictures here:

May 15, 2013: A message from our pastor
It has been seven long years since the conception of our Family Life & Ministry Center, and the vision that many have nurtured over these past seven years will soon become a reality. With the overwhelming approval of two Church Conferences, we can now proceed with the hope of the official ground-breaking on Sunday, June 30th. With the expectation of approximately one year of construction, we are well on our way to being able to accommodate our growing ministry and outreach. We will be able to fellowship together in a new dining hall, with an adjoining state of the art kitchen, a larger space to grow the successful contemporary service, classrooms for the confirmation class, and newer and larger classrooms for our children’s ministry.

The Family Life & Ministry Center will redefine our church as to possibilities for ministry, not only from within our own ministry needs, but also by better fulfilling the ministry needs of missions far beyond our church doors. Even during the construction you will experience a renewed spirit of hope and excitement as we witness God’s Kingdom growing before our very eyes. In the words of one of our beloved church member, whose life we celebrated a short time ago, “Being a part of something this big for the glory of God becomes contagious; people want to become a part of something new and exciting that brings people together.”

Being a part of this building project will be a once-in-a-life time experience for many. In the course of one’s lifetime, many do not get the chance to become a part of a church raising a church from the ground. Most churches today have long since been built or stand in need of repair. Most church building projects can expect a twenty percent growth in membership because people want to be a part of a church that is growing and moving forward.

I invite you to come and be a part of this contagious spirit that is taking place in your church. This is an exciting time to be a member of Swansboro United Methodist Church, and to embrace the vision God placed in the hearts of our congregation seven years ago!

Dr. Ed Gunter

To read about our planning to begin this building, please see the "Archived Documents" link.

Below are drawings of our planned new Family Life and Ministry Center.

Rendering: Front View

Rendering: Rear View