New Building Preview

by Kevin Au

Though it hasn’t exactly been at the forefront of everyone’s minds, the new building project has been a subject of anticipation for nearly two years. As we are nearing our final days in our current facility, we look forward to the transition to the new building and all the changes it may bring to the life of our church. Naturally, church is not about the facilities, but a change in venue does allow for some changes to how ministry might look.
“There will definitely be more flexibility in terms of when we can meet. Currently we share the school building with the school and other churches. That really limits when we can hold events and activities at the church,” says Peter Lim.
Though the actual square footage remains roughly the same, the new facilities will have a roomier feel, as it is spread over one floor, and the space is more allocated for our purposes. In addition to the main sanctuary and not including the kitchenette, there will be five rooms:three large rooms and two small ones. The most prominent feature, however, will be the larger main sanctuary, which would enable us to merge into one service again. “Given the current rate of growth in our church and the capacity of the new sanctuary, I’d say it would be about 2 ½ – 3 years before we had to think about two services again,” says Peter. The main sanctuary might have the option of converting into two more adult Sunday school rooms, pending the construction of room dividers.
The transition might come sooner than many might think. As all the ministries continue and the pace of things at church has not slowed, the anticipated move in date might sneak up on some. The only real hurdle standing before the move in date is the timing of fire inspections. It may be possible to even see a move in date of mid- February, though early March is a more realistic target. The date depends on whether we can get an over-thecounter certificate.
With the new building transition come many opportunities to serve. Simply being available to help with different aspects of the move would be greatly appreciated. There are also miscellaneous construction projects that aren’t covered by the landlord, including the stage, decorations, furnishings, and room dividers. Another area to consider is ongoing maintenance of the new building, which is easy to overlook since maintenance and custodial costs are currently covered by the school.
There are few other things to keep in mind. With a transition comes a lot of excitement, but we must remember to even see a building as it truly is: nothing more than a place to facilitate ministry. It is something that God has provided that we might be good stewards of it and use it for His kingdom. With that let’s strive to remember this year’s theme: even use of the new facilities should be for Christ alone.

Though it hasn’t exactly been at the forefront of everyone’s minds, the new building project has been a subject of anticipation for nearly two years. As we are nearing our final days in our current facility, we look forward to the transition to the new building and all the changes it may bring to the life of our church. Naturally, church is not about the facilities, but a change in venue does allow for some changes to how ministry might look.

“There will definitely be more flexibility in terms of when we can meet. Currently we share the school building with the school and other churches. That really limits when we can hold events and activities at the church,” says Peter Lim.

Though the actual square footage remains roughly the same, the new facilities will have a roomier feel, as it is spread over one floor, and the space is more allocated for our purposes. In addition to the main sanctuary and not including the kitchenette, there will be five rooms:three large rooms and two small ones. The most prominent feature, however, will be the larger main sanctuary, which would enable us to merge into one service again. “Given the current rate of growth in our church and the capacity of the new sanctuary, I’d say it would be about 2 ½ – 3 years before we had to think about two services again,” says Peter. The main sanctuary might have the option of converting into two more adult Sunday school rooms, pending the construction of room dividers.

The transition might come sooner than many might think. As all the ministries continue and the pace of things at church has not slowed, the anticipated move in date might sneak up on some. The only real hurdle standing before the move in date is the timing of fire inspections. It may be possible to even see a move in date of mid- February, though early March is a more realistic target. The date depends on whether we can get an over-thecounter certificate.

With the new building transition come many opportunities to serve. Simply being available to help with different aspects of the move would be greatly appreciated. There are also miscellaneous construction projects that aren’t covered by the landlord, including the stage, decorations, furnishings, and room dividers. Another area to consider is ongoing maintenance of the new building, which is easy to overlook since maintenance and custodial costs are currently covered by the school.

There are few other things to keep in mind. With a transition comes a lot of excitement, but we must remember to even see a building as it truly is: nothing more than a place to facilitate ministry. It is something that God has provided that we might be good stewards of it and use it for His kingdom. With that let’s strive to remember this year’s theme: even use of the new facilities should be for Christ alone.

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