I mentioned in one of my weekly updates that our church is about to begin some major changes this spring.
Here's the news:
Our youth director discovered that a small private fine arts school was willing to let us rent from them for basically the same price we are paying for our current building. Wes began talking with the manager of that property several months ago, and then began praying about moving our church there. As he prayed, he felt led to bring this proposition before our congregation and just see where the Lord led from there. The church as a whole prayed about it for a couple of months, and we had a couple of meetings where people could ask questions. We toured the property, then had a couple of services there, and by the end of January, we were sure that this is where the Lord is leading us.
|This picture is from the school's website gallery, on their ribbon-cutting day.|
We'll be using the school's gym for our services, and we have access to classrooms for our nursery and classes. We can also use the school kitchen for dinners and fellowships, in addition to having our own storage space for chairs, musical instruments, literature, and all that goes along with running a church. Hopefully, that storage space will also have enough room to make an office for Wes, too! But he's not counting on it, considering how much stuff we have!
popular, large city park where we can hold Vacation Bible School and similar outdoor activities.
The best part of the new location is that it's smack dab in the middle of one of the largest residential sections in this part of town! Hundreds of families surround this property, families to whom we have tried to reach out before, but our building was too far away for them to even consider coming on a regular basis. We're excited over the prospect of having a building in their neighborhood to invite them to!
Our first service in the new location will be April 6th. Between now and then, we'll be gathering 21 years' worth of Sunday school materials, supplies, and equipment and slowly moving them over to the new property. So there's plenty to do between now and then! Please pray for People's Baptist Church as we make this exciting transition to a new location!