BUILDING PROJECT

 

Grace Bible Church then and now

In 1934, a group of people began meeting every Saturday night for prayer and Bible Study. As opportunities to minister grew, they began meeting in an empty store front on Main Street. Eventually, a new building was dedicated for worship to the LORD, originally with the name of Grace Gospel Tabernacle.  As the LORD has blessed and prospered His people here, in 1999 we moved to our current location. The 1999 plans included various Phases for future developments including an expanded Children's wing (completed in 2002), a larger Worship Center, Welcome Center, Fireside Room, Office and Youth Room (completed in 2004). In 2009, the Upper Room was built to accommodate the growing Junior High ministry.  But as in 1934 and along the way, the LORD has continued to provide opportunities for us to minister beyond what the building can cope with.  After much prayer and discussion, the elders feel that the time has come to consider proceeding with the next/last Phase of the plans.

We hope you will read the FAQs below and prayerfully consider whether you would be willing to support this project.  As always, the leadership of Grace Bible Church covets your prayers for wisdom and direction from the LORD as we seek His will, His glory and His timing in all our lives.

FAQs

WHAT IS BEING PROPOSED?

  • The main pieces of the building expansion are a much larger multi-use activity center, additional restrooms and storage space, and a junior-high room on the upper level.  Also planned is a renovation of the existing activity center into a 300+ seat chapel.

HOW MUCH PLANNING HAS BEEN DONE SO FAR?

  • The expansion is in keeping with the long-range building plan set forth nearly twenty years ago, although a number of modifications have taken place which we believe will better enable us to minister to the body of Christ for years to come. Ministry leaders have been consulted and plans are drawn.  We are currently awaiting permitting before breaking ground.

WHAT IS THE TIMESCALE?

  • GBC has a no-debt policy, so we will only build in accordance with the funds coming in to cover the costs.  The site is prepped and Lord willing, we will break ground as soon as possible in Spring 2020.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

  • Total cost is estimated at around $6 million.  The church has about $2 million already available to get the project underway!

WHY DO WE NEED A CHAPEL?

  • We have many functions and requested events that are too big for any of the classroom spaces, but too small for the Worship Center and for which the Activity Center isn’t suitable.  Some examples include:  weddings, funerals, conferences and college ministry.

WHY DO WE NEED A BIGGER ACTIVITY CENTER AND A SECOND KITCHEN?

  • The current activity center is the most highly used room in the building. A larger activity center with a divider will enable more ministries to use the space at the same time.  Another big  reason is wanting to make the churchwide fellowship meals a more regular feature, as we do at the church picnic and Global Outreach Conference.  The existing kitchen would be located on the opposite end of the building from the new activity center, making it impractical for use with events in the new facility.

WHY DO WE NEED A NEW JUNIOR HIGH SPACE?

  • The current junior high room is not handicap-accessible.  Accessibility is important to minister to all members of our body.  Also, locating the junior high room in close proximity to the high school ministry facilitates joint activities, better accountability and a safer environment.  We want to know where our kids are, right?

WHY DO WE NEED THIS NOW?

  • We have immediate needs for ADA compliance, restroom capacity and storage space.  The building expansion also meets current and future opportunities for children, youth, college and counseling ministries that are limited by existing facilities.  Additionally, construction costs rise over time, so waiting will only result in higher costs; and we have funds in reserve now that can be used to get the project started to avoid these increases.

WHAT WOULD BE BUILT FIRST?

  • The first phase will be the foundation and shell of the new construction.  Essentially, the exterior of everything apart from the new chapel.  Then the interior spaces will be completed, as funds become available.  Once the new activity center is approved for occupancy, work will begin on converting the existing activity center into a 350+ seat chapel, similar in quality to the Worship Center.

WHY NOT JUST BUILD A NEW CHAPEL?

  • Many reasons! We still need to meet ADA compliance in parts of the building which currently are inaccessible to people with mobility difficulties. We also lack a room large enough to accommodate the number of people who want to take part in events like the global outreach conference meal or the church picnic, if weather is not agreeable.  That alone necessitates the new activity center and if we build a new activity center, the existing activity center will be redundant. Preliminary design study showed how the existing activity center could be renovated into a meeting space of comparable quality to the Worship Center, with 300+ capacity.  Seating in the chapel would be movable, comfortable chairs, allowing flexibility for different types of functions.

WHAT OTHER HELP WILL BE NEEDED?

  • The most important need is prayer for God's guidance and wisdom.  The main material need is financial, but we can help mitigate those costs by having volunteers help clean up during construction, provide drinks and meals to workers, etc.  This is a great opportunity to witness to the workers and the community, as well.

IS THE PLAN FINALIZED?

  • Yes and no. The expansion is largely in keeping with the long-range building plans set forth nearly twenty years ago and revised to meet both the current and future ministry needs of Grace Bible Church.  However, some of the rooms are being planned to allow us to be flexible in determining final usage closer to the completion date.

WILL THE BUILDING EXPANSION INCREASE THE CHURCH'S OPERATING BUDGET?

  • Once construction is complete, we will likely need an additional custodial staff member. Utilities will also increase marginally.  The overall impact on the church's operational budget is anticipated to be about 2% increase.

If you are interested in seeing the higher resolution versions of the slideshow pictures, click on the following links:

  1. First Floor
  2. Second Floor
  3. Chapel/Multi-Purpose Room
  4. Side
  5. West Facade


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