Our goal in the building project is to ensure that the building supports rather than detracts from Friedens' commitment to welcoming people and making disciples, keeping these priorities in mind:
A Warm Welcome
Our new entrance will feature a canopy and outdoor gathering space that will invite newcomers inside. Glass doors and windows throughout the building will bring in sunlight. Relocating stairways and the front office will create a larger, open gathering space that flows directly into Fellowship Hall. Our hope is that this warm welcome from our facility will be an extension of the welcoming culture we prioritize as we greet guests in person.
Spaces for All Ages
From instants to adults, our renovations will have a lasting impact on how groups interact at Friedens. Our youngest children will have a two-room nursery suite that is designed with their safety at the forefront. Each nursery will have an adjoining bathroom facility so nursery workers never need to leave to take a child to the bathroom. The children's classrooms will receive a refresh that, along with the nurseries, will create an inviting kids' zone. Middle and High School students will have spaces to call their own. And adult classrooms will be larger with more optimum configurations for teaching and interacting. The priority on spaces for all ages will create better opportunities for learning, spiritual growth, and relational connections.
Accessibility for Everyone
Our world has come a long way in terms of prioritizing accessibility for people with special needs. At Friedens, we recognize that our historic building is long overdue for updates that will give our members and visitors, particularly those in wheelchairs, the ability to use our ministry spaces and bathrooms without struggle or embarrassment. With a new elevator and bathroom facilities, along with a safer entry from the street, we will create a building that is accessible for everyone.