It’s a historical landmark, but the old church in Topsey on Farm-to-Market 1113 is making history again for another reason.
The church, which was erected originally in 1903, has once again opened its doors to share the word of God.
While white paint continues to peel from the wooden boards near the rooftop and the backside of the building, work on the building has been done to get the building ready for regular worship.
Hillside Ministries opened its fourth campus at the old church on Easter Sunday.
“There was no ministry in Topsey. The closest churches are Pidcoke and Lampasas,” Pastor Tim O’Neal said. “We are averaging 40 to 50 in attendance each Sunday. That is small, but we offer the resources of a larger church since we run under one church heading ministry in several different areas.”
The church in Topsey is one of four campuses currently serving the Copperas Cove area under Hillside Ministries.
O’Neal said it is exciting to lead worship at a newly planted church. Sunday worship services in Topsey begin at 10:45 a.m.
Cove Realtor Jackie Braas of Coldwell Banker said the area is experiencing growth for many reasons, one of which is families seeking a rural lifestyle away from the hectic pace of Austin.
“Many are looking for less congestion and a more rural area not having neighbors so close to you,” she said. “People are not wanting that big-city, on-top-of-each-other atmosphere. Austin is causing an uptick in the market. Prices there have gone through the roof. As home prices go up, people are venturing further out of the city.”
As families buy area land for ranches and farms, Hillside Ministries sees the need to plant more churches and make worshipping Christ a little more convenient.
“The vision for our church is that it should be a place of refuge. Our goal is to have 10 campuses serving the community,” O’Neal said. “There is a certain healthy nervousness when handling the word of God. You want to show respect.”