Woodside Church in Flint holds last mass before moving to new location

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FLINT (WJRT) (03/25/18) -- Woodside Church in Flint held its last mass at its current location near Mott Community College today.

The building has been Woodside's home since 1951.

"This building is a building. It is not the people," said Moderator Laura Angus.

A decommissioning ceremony was held inside the building during morning mass.

"It's typical in congregations that when you're leaving a space that has been a sacred home for a long time that you go through a ritual, a liturgy of decommissioning that space to recognize that it's not the church's home anymore," said Woodside Church Pastor Deb Conrad.

Woodside Church was bought by Mott Community College back in October last year, forcing the congregation to look for a new home.

"I knew that it was where the congregation was heading and they'd have conversations prior about selling the building and finding a more appropriate space," Conrad said.

And while they may be moving to a different location, their mission and values will remain the same.

"Social justice, community advocacy, reaching out and trying to be a part of creating a just world which is the vision of God," she said.

Woodside's Congregation will be at their new temporary home at 727 East Street in Flint starting Easter Sunday.

Mott is expected to turn the building into a space to expand some of their current academic programs and provide more teaching experiences.

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