|Antioch Church of the Brethren hosts free musical events |
Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston:
Antioch Church of the Brethren has completed its new amphitheater in an effort to reach out to the local community. The amphitheater seats 75 and is ready for use by the church and the public.
Monday, September 10, 2012
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Antioch Church of the Brethren in Rocky Mount can add the building of a new amphitheater to its list of efforts to reach out to the community.
The amphitheater, which seats 75, is ready for use by the church and community, according to Ron Dodson, head of the commission administration for the church.
"It makes a real nice place for an outdoor worship center," said Dodson. "People can sit down there and participate in worship and other activities."
The church bought the additional land about two years ago, but had not built anything on it until recently.
"We (the church) decided it would be a perfect place for an amphitheater. It is outdoors, cool and has a nice breeze," said Dodson.
So far, there are enough benches to seat 75 people, with plans to expand in the future.
"We've got room to build two or three more benches on either side," said Dodson. "We should be able to handle much larger groups in the future."
The church also has plans to upgrade the amphitheater by paving a pathway to the seating area, installing lights and adding a sound system.
"We actually ran extra conduit with pull wire through it so we could install speakers if we choose to do that at some point," said Dodson.
The church has already hosted three events and plans to hold another one in October. The events, mostly performances by bluegrass and contemporary gospel bands, are free to the public and are part of their community outreach project.
"We do not want this to be a fundraising event," said Dodson. "We just want the community to come on in and meet us and see what we have here."
The pastor of Antioch Church of the Brethren is Eric Anspaugh.