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Old Waverly Junior High transformed into church

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An old Waverly building is being transformed from a place of learning to a place of worship after an area church bought it last month.

For the past few years Cross Point Church has had temporary locations in strip malls around Waverly, but now it finally has a forever home in the old Waverly Junior High School.

Right now the old school houses some businesses that will stay after the church moves in, but the whole building is going through some major renovations. The first floor will be mainly offices and businesses while the second floor will be the home to the new church and the area they will hold their services.

"Our church will basically be self contained on this second level," said Pastor Jonathan Barthalow, Cross Point Church,. "On each side of the auditorium there will be kids classrooms and then in the back of the auditorium we will knock out a wall and have a big fellowship area."

Though the old school needs a little work, Pastor Jonathan says he has a vision of what the place will look like.

"The church is the people and not the building so wherever we go and wherever we meet that same atmosphere and that same dynamic is gonna be there," said Pastor Jonathan. "As we look at this space I see it filled with the same loving people who passionately love Jesus and love each other, but just moving from one building to another and continuing that same love for God and love for people."

Members of Cross Point Church and Pastor Jonathan are very excited about the renovation and the big move.

"This place needs a lot of improvements, but as people have been able to come in with vision there's definitely an excitement level with that," said Pastor Jonathan.

Pastor Jonathan says he plans to move offices into the building by the end of this month and he hopes to have the doors open for Easter services.

The building has three floors and a basement. Right now, there are a few businesses on the first floor that will continue to run.  As for the third floor, the church has no plans to renovate it just yet.

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