After paying off our mortgage in 2016, the Building Task Force was formed to explore the next step in the Master Building Plan that began in 1997. After exploring the needs of our church and ministry through needs assessments, surveys, and interviews, several minor projects were identified, as well as three major projects as our next step in the plan: a chapel, banquet hall, and kitchen. The minor projects were sent to the trustees, to be further developed, and a new committee was formed, the Building Research Group. This group began to develop these major projects and have spent the last year working with the elders and leadership on this task.
This addition to the website was created to keep the congregation informed of the progress of the campus evolution, both in the area of home improvements, minor projects that are upcoming, as well as continued development of the Master Plan through these major projects. We hope that you will appreciate how far we have come both as a church, by watching the video, and as a campus, by reviewing the timeline, as well as join us in watching our campus and ministry continue to grow in our future projects.
Watch the story of how we got to where we are now and flip through the timeline to see what all we have accomplished through the years.
First Friends began with 10 adults & children meeting at the YMCA, then purchasing our 31st Street location for $750
Sanctuary, education wing and gymnasium added to 31st Street location
Larger sanctuary and Family Center added to 31st Street location
Meeting for 3 worship services, the need for larger space identified
Mortgage paid off at 31st Street location, looking to relocate
40 Acres purchased on 55th Street & Market Ave in Canton
Committee formed to determine Master Building Plan, to be built in phases
$2 Million raised to pay off land, campaign started for new building
May 2, 2000
Construction begins on 55th Street location
1 Million given toward building project
Building completed, moved in to new location
July 1, 2001
First worship service at 55th Street location
L-41, 42, 43 wing added without debt
- Outdoor pavilion added
- Soccer fields added (2010)
- Baseball field added (2010)
- Coffee commons updated
WE ARE DEBT FREE!
New committee formed to make home improvements, continue next phase of Master Building Plan
- Updated HVAC
- Resurfaced parking lot
- Children’s wing updated
- Lights in parking lot and gym updated
- Sound system upgraded
- Youth rooms updated
- Outdoor Facilities Storage
Below is a list of projects we are currently working towards completing.
Parking Lot- Summer 2020
Starting June 22nd, the church parking lot will be sealed and striped, which includes the application of an oil sealer coat and then the painting of parking and directional lines. Thankfully, because of the generosity of our congregation and the careful planning of Trustees and Finance Teams, we are able to complete this project and avoid unnecessary deterioration, cracking, and damage that would occur without the process. Cars will not be allowed on the parking lot during that process. The seal and stripe process will not affect any current weekly activities or Sunday morning service parking. Thanks again for your understanding and generosity.
Below is a list of projects our Building Comittee is brainstorming, researching, and praying about. Take a look at what might be coming our way soon!