Pastor Richard Kitchens and the Grace Community Fellowship congregation have a new home.
And downtown Thomson has one less empty storefront for the next year.
Thomson City Council members agreed last week to allow the recently-formed church to use the vacant former Salvation Army store on Railroad Street. The church has been meeting in the Sweetwater Park activity center, but that requires members to set up and take down all their equipment for each service.
"They just need somewhere temporary to locate their services," said Planning Director Fred Guerrant.
That's because the church plans to build a new sanctuary off Anderson Road during the next year.
Meanwhile, members will come to downtown Thomson on Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings.
"We hope to be an asset to the community," said Rev. Kithcens.
Thomson Mayor Bob Knox said the church will be a welcome tenant downtown.
"We look forward to good things happening on Railroad Street," he said.
In other business at the Jan. 8 Thomson City Council meeting, council member unanimously approved a resolution calling on Gov. Sonny Perdue and state legislators to pay for a comprehensive study of Georgia's water resources and needs. Mr. Knox said the resolution was forwarded to the county from August Mayor Bob Young and is especially important to counties, like McDuffie, that get their drinking water from the Savannah River.
"I think we need to be careful we don't have people way away from us coming over here to take water," he said.