As you may remember, right as the Pandemic was beginning in February 2020, we were finishing up our Rooted in Christ Capital Campaign. During this campaign, we cast a vision for how we could renovate and expand our facilities to better meet our needs for worship, children and students, and many other areas within our church. This was the result of a years-long process through our Building Needs Assessment Task Force, as well as input and support from our Leadership Council and District Committee.
We consulted with JH & H for a proposed expansion, received tentative plans, and then we went into lockdown.
During those months, we were approached about purchasing the church building and accompanying six acres directly to our south. After conversation and prayer, as well as refining our vision for the future of our church campus, we are coming to the Church body with this new proposal to purchase that property and use that existing church building (after some renovations) as our Modern Sanctuary for INTERSECTION and for Student Ministry space.
Our Children's Ministry and Weekday Expansion that was proposed in the initial plan will remain unchanged, while the expansions and renovations to the Sanctuary/office building will be reoriented southward (instead of north towards Ridgecrest). Older adults will move into the existing office space, and new offices will be built. You can see all of these proposed plans below.
On Tuesday, May 11, we had an informational meeting at St. Matthew's to discuss the potential purchase of the property to our south. This meeting was led by Chris Wells, Leadership Board Chair; Kim Cochran, Building Needs Assessment Co-Chair; and Andy Stoddard, Lead Pastor. You'll hear from each of them in this video, along with questions from the assembled crowd and those watching live online.
There is also a Frequently Asked Questions section where we will answer various questions that are posed during this process.
During this entire process, we have sought to be guided not by buildings but by our vision for us to be the church that God has called us to be. It is the vision of being a family of faith that reaches out to our community that has brought us to this point, and we are excited about what God is laying out for us.
Visit this website often for more information as the plans are updated. Also, make your calendar for June 28 for a special called Charge Conference led by our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton, where we will vote on the purchase of this property. We will also be mailing out letters to everyone who has made a pledge to the initial to properly communicate and walk together in this season.
If have any questions about your pledge, if you have not made one yet, you can contact Jennifer Landress to learn more.