Western Hills expanding its Family Center
Western Hills Church of Christ is expanding and remodeling its Family Center. Construction started in May but the plan started almost 14 years ago.
Those plans that began around 2002 have a focus on children, and since then, the church has added a nursery, a gym and a second floor to the sanctuary and it remodeled its auditorium. The current project is divided into four phases: a new Family Center kitchen; remodeling the Family Center; addition of classrooms; and addition of a gathering room. The church has funds for the first three phases from pledges and money it has accumulated for the project.
The whole project is a no-debt project, and elders Philip Kennedy and Jim Gibson said the church has been more than generous with the project, not only monetarily, but also by dedicating time to planning and prayer. The first three phases of the project are scheduled to be finished by the first of 2017; the church is now seeking pledges for the fourth phase, the gathering room.
"As funding becomes available, we'll be able to finish that out," Kennedy said. "But we'll have all the classrooms where they'll be able to be utilized. (The new kitchen) area will be utilized. And we project that will come in fairly quickly."
The new Family Center kitchen will have serving windows that will open up to the fellowship area of the Family Center, which will be expanded once the kitchen is finished by opening up the former kitchen, bathrooms and one large classroom allowing the church more seating capacity for several special events. The new kitchen will also include three entrances from the south parking lot, a large pantry area and new bathrooms with single showers.