The church does not intend for the new building to be a typical church structure; it will maintain the industrial look original to the building and feature a stage situated in front of a roll-up garage door to support indoor and outdoor events.
“We want the space to be like a public park – a place where the community can gather,” says Hyde. “This is not a monument to DOWNTOWN CHURCH or an added benefit to the members. It will be functional.”
The church is known for demonstrating its interest in being a community partner, hosting events at The Nickelodeon, at the Columbia Museum of Art, and with local musicians for an annual Christmas bluegrass show. The church also developed a bike recycling program in which donated bicycles are repaired and then given to children at St. Lawrence Place and to adults at Transitions.