After 113 years, the Plain City United Methodist Church will be closing its doors at its 202 N. Chillicothe St. location.
The building, which was put on the market in March, recently sold to Buckeye Brass & Winds, a Dublin-based music store.
The church plans to build a new facility at the intersection of Plain City-Lafayette Road and Perry Pike. The land — about 19 acres — was purchased 15 years ago in anticipation of the move.
The church will hold its offices and ministry at the rental space in Lovejoy Plaza, 240 W. Main St., until Nov. 12.
Starting Nov. 13, Sunday worship will be held at the Jonathan Alder Jr. High School for 12 to 18 months, until construction on the new facility is finished.
Buckeye Brass & Winds opened in 2008. Its current location, near U.S. Route 33, has a Plain City address but is closer to Dublin.
Rob Phillips, the owner of Buckeye Brass, said the business outgrew its current Montgomery Drive location. He saw the church as a “very unique place of character” in a “very welcoming community.”
Portions of the 8,900-square-foot church will be used for different purposes, Phillips explained. The sanctuary will be used for performances and recitals, the overflow room will be turned into retail space, one-on-one instrument instruction will take place in what is currently the offices and the basement will be used as the repair shop.
Buckeye Brass will begin moving into the new building in December and hopes to open Jan. 3, 2017.
Phillips said he intends to maintain roughly the same hours as they offer now.
Pastor Blaine Keene has invited the community to join the UMC congregation for its final service at the Chillicothe Street edifice on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 10:30 a.m.
Additionally, on Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. the church will host a community gathering to “celebrate the past and anticipate the future” and to “walk through the beautiful church facility and reminisce a little,” according to a press release.
Reach Erin Thompson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615.