GRANITE CITY — On Christmas Day in 2011, Restoration Tabernacle Church made its new home at 2105 State St.
The church had previously been the home of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and when the Catholic churches merged, it had been used as the Granite City Catholic Charities Annex. Catholic Charities had to consolidate and that left the church empty and for sale. When church property is on the market, every effort is made to sell so it remains a religious property.
“This made the perfect home for our church family and meets all our needs,” Pastor James Lattin said.
With a capacity of 200, the church has room to grow. Lattin and his church family reach out to the neighboring area and engage in community activities. Reaching out to people of all ages is their goal but they especially want to seek out youths and make sure they know Restoration Tabernacle can be their church home, too, Lattin said.
“I want the children of our community to know we care about them and want them to feel our door is always open to them at any time,” he said.
The second annual block party was held Oct. 3. The event required permission from the city to block off streets.
“Getting to know the neighbors is very important for the entire neighborhood and encourages more involvement to help keep our area safe,” one participating mother and volunteer said.
Lasting from 3 until 7 p.m., the party featured food, games, prizes and a basketball hoop set up in the street. Laughter and fellowship rang through the street into the evening.
“Our kids need to see you can have fun just by sharing time with people who care about you,” one volunteer said.
Lattin says he hopes to sponsor similar events in the future.
“I invite all of Granite City to come by and visit Restoration Tabernacle Church and meet the congregation,” he said.
For information, call (618) 451-0700.