Groundbreaking ceremony held for senior housing complex in Roddickton
Apostolic Faith Church financing project to build homes
RODDICKTON, NL – The Apostolic Faith Church has broken ground for a new seniors’ complex in Roddickton.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the work site at 75 Cloud Drive Wednesday, Sept. 27to announce construction of the independent senior housing complex.
The Apostolic Faith Church of Roddickton, which says the complex is “much needed,” has undertaken the project. The church initially applied for government funding through Independent Senior Housing, but its bid was unsuccessful.
The church decided to proceed with building the complex on its own.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, Canadian district Superintendent Rev. Christopher Hewlett welcomed everyone and expressed excitement for the project, offering appreciation to the Roddickton Apostolic Faith Church board, members of the congregation, and the incorporation board of directors for the ongoing support and encouragement for this project.
A song entitled “To God be the Glory” was sung as church musicians played accordions donned in their working gear. Selected scriptures were also read by Rev. Christopher Hewlett.
Rev. Rene Cassell, retired superintendent of the Apostolic Faith, offered a prayer of thanksgiving and blessing. Breaking of ground was performed by one of the longest serving members of the Roddickton Apostolic Faith Church board, Wilson Bushey, and the foreman, retiree pastor Grant Cassell.
The church also expressed appreciation for the valuable cooperation and support of Roddickton-Bide Arm mayor Sheila Fitzgerald and town council in granting approval of this development.
Fitzgerald was in attendance and gave a speech indicating the town’s excitement to witness the construction of the venture.
The church is looking forward to watching the project move forward and thanked all who made it possible.
Retired pastor Grant Cassells (left) and Wilson Bushey (right), longest serving member of the Roddickton Apostolic Faith Church Board, and some of those in attendance.
Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald gave a speech during the ground-breaking ceremony. Behind her, from left: Rev. Christopher Hewlett, Pastor Howard Canning, and retired pastors Vanzel Quinlan and Rev. Rene Cassell.
Rev. Chris Hewlett gives a welcome as workers watch on.