A 121-year-old church in Johnston County was moved Saturday to help accommodate a boom in members.
Many Four Oaks residents came out to witness history in the making after church members voted unanimously to move the church.
Blackman's Grove Baptist Church members said there were talks of the move for more than 10 years. It took a lot of time, money and faith to get the church in its new spot.
"I was just living for this day," said Margaree Johnson. She has been a member of the church since 1949.
The church was built in 1893 and has been in the same spot off Strickland's Crossroads Road in Four Oaks since.
Saturday morning, it was moved a few hundred feet across the street.
"We were land locked at this intersection we were boarded in by the cemetery and also by the highway and other properties," said Reverend Jerry Hicks. "The church has been experiencing continued growth these 13 years and so we had no way to expand where we were at."
The move adds nearly six acres of land and new additions. Sunday school rooms and a fellowship hall will be added to the church grounds to handle the growing congregation.
"There are a lot of memories made in it and a lot of families have grown up in the church and just to preserve our old sanctuary so we could have the old church look," said church member Kelly McLamb.
Members said they are thankful they stepped out on faith.
Work on the church should be completed around Easter.
In the meantime, church service will be held in the church's fellowship hall.
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First published August 18 2014, 5:49 AM