Southeast Christian Church’s Shelby County Campus held a pop-up service Sunday, Aug. 16, at Gallrein Farms. 

Shelby County Campus Pastor Max Semenick was thrilled to see so many smiles behind the masks and under the sunshine.

“It was our first weekend service that we’ve had out there, and it was a lot of fun,” Semenick said. “We had a little over 400 people and a wide range of folks—a lot of longtime Southeast people and tons of folks who were giving Southeast a try for the first time.”

One family in attendance hadn’t been to church in 13 years.

Southeast members Rocky and Amy Oliver brought their three kids and enjoyed the gathering.

“I think it definitely exposed the need for Southeast community in the area, and it was great to see a lot of people,” Rocky Oliver said.

Charlie Metzger, 73, has been a Shelby County resident for 25 years and is excited to be able to connect people to a church so close to him.

“It was wonderful, for one, to worship with people,” Metzger said. “Yesterday was awesome, and I felt it was an emotional experience singing in worship. I’m torn because I love the Blankenbaker Campus. My sister and mom go there, and the thought of not being able to worship with them troubled me, but I will probably go to two services each weekend. I feel like I have to be here in Shelbyville. I’m a magistrate in District 2. I feel I need to be a part of the campus. I can’t tell you how impressed I was at the number of people who are excited to go to this new campus.”

Semenick said construction is underway on the Shelby County Campus building at 196 Midland Boulevard. The goal is to open in spring 2021.