"Celebrating! We're celebrating, what God is doing out here in Gautier and Hickory Hills. To just know what God is doing, God is at work," church member Bobbie Thompson said.
A historic day brings together a monumental crowd to celebrate the brand new facility at Martin Bluff Baptist Church.
"When you look at where we came from and where we're going, it just touches your heart," Thompson said.
Their old building is just steps away from their brand new, 17,000 sq. foot facility. Inside you'll find a state of the art audio and sound system for their two-story sanctuary, welcoming nearly 500 guests.
Pastor Eric Smith says this church is built of much more than brick and mortar.
"While that definitely is what building is, it's also action. As followers of Christ, we have the opportunity to build our lives after him patterned after him, build our families after him, and build our church," Bro. Smith said.
As the Hickory Hills community continues to grow post-Katrina, Smith believe his church's numbers will rise as well.
"There is room for them here at Martin Bluff church," Bro. Smith says.
Room that church members can't wait to share, as they try to light up the lives of people looking for a higher power.
"It just takes a spark, it only takes that spark," Thompson says.
Pastor Smith says the church still has plans for more development. They'll soon begin work on a courtyard for kids, and in the future, would like to have a daycare facility as well.