What is the seating capacity of the new Worship & Arts Center?

The full seating capacity of the Worship & Arts Center is approximately 1,100. The design also allows for sections to be closed off, allowing smaller events to be more intimate.

Will the stage of the Worship & Arts Center be designed for performing arts?

Yes, it will be designed specifically for worship services, dramas, musical presentations, Christian movies and similar events.

Will the Worship & Arts Center be rented out for revenue?

Yes.  The Arts Center will be available for rent to prescreened performances that fit the church’s model.

When will construction begin and when will it conclude?

Construction is scheduled to begin in June 2020 and conclude in December 2021.

What will happen regarding gym use during construction?

This plan is currently being evaluated, but will most likely involve hosting practices and games at other local church gyms as has been done in the past by other churches when they were experiencing construction.

What is the projected increase of the operating costs?

During a capital campaign, operating giving tends to increase, which may seem counter-intuitive.  We have seen this in our past capital campaigns and this is also an overall trend among most churches.

Will there be easy access for seniors to their new classrooms, especially those in wheelchairs and those who use walkers?

Though details have not been completed yet, the plan is to increase accessibility for those that need it, by the addition of another elevator, larger classroom spaces and more availability of class space near to the worship spaces. Handicapped members can be dropped off at the new entrance on Washington Street purposely located close to the main sanctuary.  Handicapped parking will be provided at the “secondary entrance” from the church’s main parking lot into the lower level where elevator service is immediately available.

Will there be comfortable spaces for small groups to meet?

There will be a number of spaces available in either a formal or informal arrangement for small groups to meet.

Will there be a separate financial campaign for Transforming the Heart of the City or will it be part of the church’s annual budget/stewardship campaign?

There will be a separate financial campaign for Transforming the Heart of the City. Pledging toward the campaign will begin March 10, 2019 and conclude April 21, 2019.

Why do we need a Worship & Arts Center?

The Worship & Arts Center will increase seating for the Ignite Worship Service and increase engagement as an arts center that serves as a blessing out our city for worship services, dramas, musical presentations, and other events.

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