Thanks to all of you who participated in the listening sessions to provide input to a new facility master plan.
A comprehensive facility master plan is one of our initiatives of the 20/20 Strategic Vision. It will lay out how to best use current and future facilities to accomplish the focus the 20/20 Vision, which is creating space to enter to belong to serve. It will not be a building plan, but will allow future building plans to be completed in concert with a cohesive long-term plan.
The next step is for the architects whom we have engaged to analyze the information gathered during their time here and to begin laying out plans that might meet the ministry needs of First Presbyterian over the next several years. The Facilities Planning Committee will continue to meet with the team of architects throughout this process, which is likely to continue into the early spring of 2018.
Please be in prayer during this process, as we seek the leading of the Holy Spirit. If you have additional thoughts on our opportunities and needs, please contact one of the members of the Facilities Planning Committee:
Goals of the Facility Master Plan
One of the initiatives included in the 20/20 strategic plan was a “comprehensive facility master plan and building program”. The church has recently begun the master planning process, and has developed the ten goals listed below. However, an overarching goal is to engage the congregation and church leadership in an open and transparent planning process, undergirded by prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit, that will be unifying and build trust and excitement about the future of the church.
1. Create new and renovated space that encourages people “to enter, to belong and to serve” in support of the mission of the 20/20 Vision to invite all people to say “yes!” to Jesus with their whole lives
2. Plan new facilities to welcome visitors to the church
• A gracious and inviting space for fellowship
• A “hub” to make information about church activities easily accessible
• A clear “Front Door” to the church
• Direct access to major church ministries including worship and classrooms for children, youth and adults
3. Plan new spaces that will connect and integrate the campus, creating a gracious flow and clear wayfinding among existing, new and renovated facilities
4. Plan multiple spaces throughout the campus that encourage fellowship and build a sense of community
5. Plan renovations to create a vibrant and fresh look for the church
• Renovate the Heritage Building to provide beautiful meeting and reception areas that honor the architectural character of the building.
• Renovate and possibly expand the Fellowship Hall and Kitchen
• Provide new furnishings for renovated spaces
6. Provide spaces to support and enhance on-going ministries and missions.
• Provide vibrant, easily accessed space for children and youth that is attractive to young families
• Provide additional classrooms for Adults, including space for Seniors near the Sanctuary
• Provide Flexible, Multi-Purpose space for ministering to the under-served downtown community
• Provide expanded rehearsal and support space for the Music Ministry
• Consider strategies to provide adequate parking for weekday ministries and for improving access for Seniors
7. Plan for flexible and versatile space that can be easily reconfigured and that can serve multiple purposes
8. Provide for enhanced security throughout the campus, especially for children
9. Plan for improvements that will enhance the worship experience in both the Worship Center and Sanctuary
• Renovate the Worship Center to create a strong connection between worship leaders and congregants, changing its current feel of being a performance venue
• Plan for making the Worship Center a more reverential space, including incorporation of Christian symbols
• Consider ways to bring natural light and/or a visual connection to the outside to the Worship Center
• Consider more effective use of video in the Sanctuary while respecting the character and beauty of the space
• Plan for improving the acoustics in the Sanctuary, including reducing mechanical noise
10. Be good stewards in planning for sustainable and energy efficient building systems