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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : A Space in a Place for Face to Face by Becky Dempsey

A Space in a Place for Face-to-Face!  

by Becky Dempsey

Exodus 25:8:  Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.  

 A change in about 5% of our church building has, I think, resulted in about 95% of the change in our church personality. The Welcome Center is playing a big part in how we connect with one another.    

Remember how it used to be? Three of the one-time four church entrances opened into a hallway or small landing with steps. The front entrance still uses steps to get us into a small narrow foyer, bounded on two sides by steps leading up and down. That foyer leads into the Sanctuary, whose name and ambiance invite holy meditation more than relaxed or exuberant meet-and-greet. Even the newest entrance leads into a larger lobby area, to be sure, but that area is busy with parents and children—and from there you go right back into a hallway. 

The hallways encouraged us to move on to our destinations—Sunday School classes, meeting rooms—places where we met our small groups separate from the rest of the church body. The larger spaces—Social Room and Assembly Room—are still more like destinations than pass-throughs, and are often filled with small groups already in session. So we spoke our “hellos” hurriedly in the halls and moved on.

Now the Welcome Center is filled with happy sound—laughter and conversation among people of different age groups.  It’s a space where you can gather until all the group has arrived for a meeting.  It’s a space where you can catch up on all the news of the entire church body, with the written materials, the video, and, of course, the people.

Hospitality, community, fellowship—these are holy values. And the Welcome Center is one of the encouragers of those values.

A space in a place for face-to-face! 

As we celebrate paying off our Renovation Debt this month, thank God for wonderful transformations that have occurred in our church because of the Welcome Center and other updates in the building. 
Posted by Terri Soper at 12:00 AM
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