Woodside Church in Flint almost ready to move into new location

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FLINT (WJRT) (04/15/19) -- They say when one door closes, another one opens. And that's exactly what's been happening these last few months for one Flint congregation.

It's been 1 year since Woodside Church moved out of their former home on the campus of Mott Community College. And now some big changes are underway here at their new home near downtown Flint.

"We have spent quite a lot of time with an architect.
So we're just doing a lot of things in the building that will make it conducive to our congregational worship and mission," said Pastor Deb Conrad.

Woodside Church's new home will soon be the former Hoffman's Deco Deli & Cafe, which was attached to an old tire store.

"This space has always felt like a place we should be. The moment we knew it was going to be available, we wanted it, we knew it was our next home," Conrad said.

Inside, there will be a place to worship, a nursery, a kitchen, and
brand new sound system among many other exciting new things; but inside is also a place anyone can call home, like Eileen Button.

"I was drawn to Woodside in the first place because of the people. I stayed there when we were on Court street because of the people, then followed them to East street because of the people," Button said.

Button is relatively new to Woodside Church and says me she wouldn't have it any other way.

"There are a lot of people I think that feel outside of church, they feel like they're not welcome, and that is never the case here at Woodside," she said.

Pastor Conrad says they're expecting to move in sometime next month.

Until then, Sunday worship is being held at their temporary location at 727 East Street in Flint.

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