Our congregation is considering building plans that will impact our future with a congregational vote at Church Conference on June 2nd. In the upcoming Beacons, I will include things I would like you to know before that time. Below are some of my initial thoughts.
Things to know…There will be a new FRONT ENTRANCE into a central common gathering area for the whole campus and will be connected to both the Sanctuary and Family Life Center. This front door will have multiple benefits including hospitality, function, and security. It will lead into a large gathering area where all worshippers can meet and greet each other before and after worship. This new area will be the center of our campus and offer a large hospitality space.
Things to know…Upcoming plans will bring more SECURITY to our campus. Presently, Shalimar UMC has over 60 exterior doors which make it confusing for guests, impractical in function, and unsafe for students and children. All these exterior doors add unnecessary risks to our campus. The new plan will simplify the flow of people through one major area and will reduce the use of multiple exterior doors while simplifying our security.
Things to know…Also included in the plans will be the addition of long overdue RESTROOMS. This is one of the most practical additions as they will be larger and more centrally located. We already know that our current restrooms are inadequate, inconvenient, and very inhospitable to guests. Think about it…Our traditional sanctuary building does not even have them. This means hundreds of worshippers (many with mobility issues) have to step outside the sanctuary and walk for several minutes to reach restrooms located in another building on campus. Our plans call for changes to add restrooms just steps away from both worship venues.
These new plans will help us live as one church family. Currently, we are pretty scattered throughout our campus in our worship, Sunday school, and weekly programs. Once we are able to enter through the same door, we will be encouraged to fellowship as one. Think about what a difference this could make to have a single central space where we would be less scattered and more gathered as one church family!
Next week, I will continue to add my thoughts about with "Things You Need to Know Before June 2nd - Part 2," "Things to Know Before June 2nd - Part 3," and "Things to Know Before June 2nd - Part 4." Have a great week basking in the hope of the resurrection!
Learn more about our Church Conference and the Master Planning Committee's plan here.