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Sanctuary Restoration

Bethel Church was founded in 1797 on the corner of Calhoun and Pitt Streets. The first sanctuary is now known as Old Bethel UM Church and is located at 222 Calhoun Street. In 1851, the Bethel members undertook the construction of a handsome Greek Revival style church on the same site. This sanctuary has been the center of worship for Bethel members since its completion in 1853.

The venerable Bethel Church Sanctuary has witnessed war, storms, a severe earthquake, and the usual trials of life, yet continues to be the center of religious worship and activity for all.

Bethel faced, perhaps, its greatest challenge when termites were discovered in the sanctuary attic in December 2007. Extensive damage had already occurred. For safety reasons, the sanctuary was closed for worship in the spring of 2008. A Sanctuary Restoration Committee was formed to guide work and make financial plans for completing the restoration project. Professional engineers and contractors began work.


Restoration and repair was completed and worship resumed in the sanctuary on November 1, 2009. Everyone is invited to join Bethel members for worship each Sunday in the newly restored sanctuary which was constructed in the early 1850’s. Worship services are held at 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

The Technical Merit Award was given to Jason Gregorie by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), SC Section, for the
Bethel project

Archive of articles regarding the Sanctuary Restoration Project:

Jan. 11, 2009

Feb 8, 2009

Mar 8, 2009

May 10, 2009

Read the Post and Courier article dated April 27, 2009

Read the Post and Courier article dated April 17, 2008

Read the Post and Courier article date October 13, 2008

2008 Sanctuary Restoration

After discovering severe termite damage in the attic of Bethel Church Sanctuary in December, 2007, the sanctuary was officially closed in the early spring of 2008.  Worship services continue in the Fellowship Hall while the sanctuary undergoes a major repair and restoration.

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