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Church will continue hospitality ministry at road test stop

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 April 2015 at 12:00 am

Although church closed, congregation will still serve coffee, snacks

Photo by Tom Rivers

Provided photo – Andrews last month received an award from the United Methodist Women for her volunteerism in the church. Andrews, center, is pictured with Marie Follett (left), the president of the UMW at the Albion church, and Elli Lockwood, secretary of the UMW.

ALBION – Sandy Andrews shovels the steps in front of the First United Methodist Church in this photo from Jan. 16, 2014. Andrews is part of the church’s hospitality ministry for people taking the road test through the Department of Motor Vehicles.

For years the church has opened its building so friends and family of the drivers could have a cup of coffee or hot cocoa, a snack and use the bathroom. The road test starts in front of the church.

The church is no longer holding services at the location at the corner of Platt and East State streets following a deconsecration service on Friday. The congregation held its first service this Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church, where it is now sharing the building with the Episcopalians.

Andrews said the United Methodists plan to continue to offer the hospitality ministry “as long as we are in possession of the building.” The church will likely sell the historic church building, but a time frame hasn’t been established.

The church typically offers the hospitality ministry once a week during the winter for people taking road tests. As the weather warms up, there are road tests two or three days a week. Andrews said the congregation will try to be available each time there is a test-taker.