Clifton Christian Church to dedicate new sanctuary

It’s been an almost eight-year journey for folks at Clifton Christian Church, 615 I-70 Business Loop, to realize their plan for a sprawling new sanctuary space, but Sunday is the day when the flock will take part in a dedication service for the new building.

The dedication event will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the church, which will follow traditional Sunday services at both 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and a potluck at 1 p.m.

Associate Pastor Don Mechem explained that the new 30,000-square-foot sanctuary building will be able to seat 650 congregants. But more than that, it allows the church to hold services in a dedicated space outside of the school gymnasium, where services have been held for the past seven years or so.

The new building — which still needs finishing on the second floor — includes a foyer, a fellowship hall in which to serve meals, a new kitchen, a conference room, a pre-school care center and nursery area, and numerous office spaces as well.

Mechem said that the addition was first envisioned about eight years ago, but a bust in the economy slowed the project to a standstill. When the lending market became exceeding tight, the church itself raised much of the funds for the new building. Two years ago, they constructed the exterior shell of the sanctuary building, and kept raising funds to get to Sunday’s dedication.

“it doesn’t mean it changes who the church is, as far as the people,” Mechem said. “It’s just a tool that will give us more room.”

He said the church has seen an increase in attendance recently, and the new space will allow the church to offer more activities with a lot more flexibility.

Call 434-7392 for more information.


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