New church in Arlington holds first service

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Last Sunday, Aug. 7, saw the first official service for a new church in Kingsbury County. Arlington Baptist Church held its inaugural public service in their new building, located at 106 S. Main Street, which used to house a dog grooming business.

The church’s pastor, Robbie McClelland, also serves as pastor of Prairie Baptist Church in De Smet.

The first service had well over a dozen people in attendance, and there is plenty of seating for many more visitors. The new church building has a large multi-purpose room, which serves as both the sanctuary and the fellowship hall.

McClelland explained that the opening of this church building is an answer to the prayers of families in Arlington who have been wanting a Baptist church in their town. Prior to securing the space, for well over a year, two families took turns hosting Bible studies in their homes. Everyone involved prayed for an opportunity to get into a building to serve as a public venue, allowing more people to join services.

The purchase of the building was closed on July 12, facilitated by faithful giving from churches and individuals all across America. McClelland’s family and other volunteers put much hard work into renovating the inside of the building to ready it for hosting services.

The first service was live-streamed online and can still be viewed on the church’s Facebook page: “Arlington Baptist Church of South Dakota.”

Services, open to the public, will be held on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. and on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

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