Võru Congregation Continues Phase 2 Expansion
Work continues on the new addition to Võru Methodist Church. Workers have started on ventilation, electrical, fire and security systems wiring. Installation of heating system is yet to come.
Pastor Kaupo Kant says the church is seeking just over $27,000 (just under $20k Euro) to complete phase 2 of the project.
In 2006, the United Methodist congregation in Võru broke ground on an addition to their current home that will more than double the size of the facility.
Nearly 20 years ago superintendent Olav Pärnamets, pastors Kaupo Kant and Olavi Ilumets met with the a local family and some other Christians to discuss possibilities for establishing a local Methodist congregation in Võru. The local family, Koit and Viive Kask, invited the Estonian Methodist leaders to consider converting a half-finished house in the town of Võru–known as a “gipsy house” –to a United Methodist church.
The building was consecrated as a new Estonian Methodist congregation in 1994. About 200 people gathered in the private house that was adapted to a sanctuary.
The bishop of South Africa said, “No one can close what God has opened.”
Worship services take place every Sunday. During the first years the Võru church operated as a branch of the Ruusmäe congregation. Later it became a separate church.
In 1997 two Christian organizations were founded by members of the Võru congregation. There were non-profit organizations called the Art Studio Krisepto and Võru Ühisabi. A year later ongoing work with local youth started under the leadership of Lea Palo and a music ministry was established under the leadership of Thea Kant, wife of Kaupo.
The Võru congregation ministers at the Special Care Department of the Võru Hospital. In addition to facilitating Bible study groups the church hosts a fellowship group for senior citizens; a community group for mothers and babies; men’s and women’s unions; and a ministry for families. In 2003 local mission work was started in Varstu and Tabivere.
The Võru congregation has received prayer and financial support from several individuals and organizations including Montgomery First United Methodist Church in Alabama, their connecting congregation.