Fellowship Church attracting teens with huge activity center
At 4,640 feet, Grand Junction’s elevation matches a key Bible verse, according to Fellowship Church Pastor Jayelle Dolan.
It’s sort of a code, one Dolan believes Grand Junction teenagers will be willing to decipher.
The fourth book of the New Testament is John. The sixth chapter, 40th verse reads, in part: “It is my Father’s will that whoever sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life.”
The sixth chapter of John is where Jesus performs some of his most amazing miracles, like feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish and walking on water.
Dolan believes she can pull off a bit of a miracle herself by drawing teenagers from the community at large to her church’s new activity and worship center known as 4640.
“It’s about making church fun for teenagers and giving them a place to go in Grand Junction that is a positive environment — alcohol-free — where kids can go,” Dolan said. “There will be good mentors and leaders around to help them make good choices and connect up with their friends. It’s sort of an alternative to the party scene and the craziness.”
The new 4640 has been open to teens who already attend the church for the past month. A grand opening for the public is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for high school students and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for middle school students.
Teens go crazy with the 4640 recreational equipment, professional stage and sound system for about 40 minutes, then participate in a worship service and discussion group for another 30 minutes or so. Participants can then spend the rest of the evening “going nuts,” Dolan said.
There appears to be plenty of entertainment available in the spacious recreation area.
■ A caged sports court hosts basketball and dodgeball games.
■ A spider jump sends students 30 feet in the air on bungee cords.
■ A giant foam pit hosts challengers who joust and engage in all kinds of competitions high in the air.
■ A ledge swing takes teens to the limit while a sound system pounds out music.
“This generation of kids, while they love video games, another huge thing for them is shared experiences,” Dolan said. “Teenagers really like making memories and doing things that they can’t do anywhere else, taking selfies of themselves doing these crazy things with their friends.
“Pretty much what we have there is not located anywhere else in western Colorado,” she said.
Fellowship Church is located at 765 24 Road. For more information, call 245-7729.