A Church Renovation With A Rare Surprise
We were recently approached by a local church in Hardy, Virginia with an interesting story and request. Oyler’s Chapel United Methodist Church were holding services in a very old church that was in disrepair and in need of a total renovation. It was going to be quite an undertaking spanning the better part of a year.
The renovation included stripping the building down to its bones and seeing what condition the foundation and structural beams were in. When they began pulling up the existing floor they came across a very special discovery; the original floor joist beams were American Chestnut wood. American Chestnut is very rare today and after verifying the wood and carefully removing it, they had it milled and came to us with the request of building new church furniture from the reclaimed wood.
We were excited to take on the project and with the ample quantity of wood were able to build many pieces of furniture including a 222 Elim Pulpit, a custom variation of a 707 Proclaimer Communion Table, a 709 Proclaimer Baptismal Font, a custom Proclaimer style flower table, a table top lectern, a Paschal Candle stand, a custom Proclaimer 711 Speaker Stand, and frames for the pre-existing stained glass windows. The result was a stunningly beautiful completed sanctuary with treasures from the past represented in the new framework of the church. The rich character of the wood made for a truly unique set of pulpit furniture and the church was thrilled with the end results.
After a long and trying rebuilding process, Oyler’s Chapel United Methodist Church officially cut the ribbon signifying their occupation in their newly renovated church home. We were graciously invited to the opening ceremony and were able to photograph the furniture in its new home. Seeing the joy and satisfaction of a church with their investment, seeing the new potential for growth and outreach, and seeing the Kingdom advance through local endeavors is why we do what we do.
It is our passion to build quality, functional church furniture that will be a blessing to church families world-wide.
If you’d like to learn more about Oyler’s Chapel United Methodist Church and their story, visit their website.