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Friedens is blessed to have a unique church building with a beautiful sanctuary and a rich heritage, with roots dating back to the 1850s. The reality, though, is that a church's needs change over time, and changes to the building are necessary to continue fruitful ministry.
The project honors the historic roots of the church while providing a warm welcome, updated and adequate spaces for all ages, and accessibility for everyone.
We anticipate the completion of the project in the first quarter of 2020.
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. 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 infants 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. The nursery will have an adjoining bathroom facility so nursery workers never need to leave to take a child to the bathroom. 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. Adult classrooms will be larger with more optimum configurations for teaching and interacting. Emphasizing 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 restrooms with ease and dignity. A new elevator, updated restroom facilities, and a safer entry from the street will create a building that is accessible for everyone. (Pictured is the location of the new elevator, located to the left of the seating area.)