A country church overflowing with members has asked County of Stettler for the title to its back alley so the Erskine-based church would have room to expand to accommodate 350 to 400 parishioners.
“We are finding that we are cramped for space,” said Doug Leschert, speaking on behalf of the Evangelical Free Church at council’s regular meeting last Wednesday.
The church group hopes the expansion will also make more space for its kids’ club it operates throughout the week.
Leschert told council the church is also looking at land adjacent to Erskine.
“If we can’t facilitate construction in this building, we would be talking to them (landowners),” he said.
Coun. James Nibourg asked Leschert if the church could put together a couple of rough plans and present them to council as it would help the county with its decision.
The group plans to develop site layout concepts for the county’s municipal planning commission.
The Erskine church began in the early 1900s and today has an average worship attendance of about 150. It saw a modest increase in membership after revamping its children’s ministry and worship services.