The developmentally appropriate playgrounds are not just new slides. It fulfills the strict King County requirements for Before/After School Care Facilities. God has strategically placed our church between two elementary schools where parents are in desperate need of care options. As this felt need is met by MVC and care anxieties dissipate in parents and guardians, it opens the door for masses of new community members to hear the Gospel!
People come to the front office of a church for a host of reasons. They could be in the midst of a critical need, grieving a loved one, or looking for a new school or church. Deacons regularly meet with people in dire circumstances and during school hours, one of the only places they most often meet is in the foyer outside of the church office or in a preschool classroom on tiny chairs. We want to offer a space with dignity for care meetings and private counseling for those who come to our front door.
A bright and inviting Great Room will host memorable life events, classes, and receptions. With high ceilings and doors opening to a covered deck for our PNW weather, this will indeed be a space our church family, ministry partners, and community will seek to use all year long. Parents have safety on their minds first and foremost in the modern age. From restrooms locations to exterior door placements, to double checkpoint locations and proper PA system, the plan has safety at its core. But kids and families alike will also say, "WOW!" when they experience an intentional design that provokes wonder, imagination, and joy as they come to Sunday School or Preschool each week. Staff collaborates daily with one another, church Session, ministry leaders and volunteers. Currently, there is no workspace for those critical leaders, nor is there space for our summer interns. By placing staff in one central location and building space for all ministry leaders to work in physical proximity to one another, theoutflow of that integration for Kingdom work will benefit all.