First Church of Nazarene plans rededication service, open house
The First Church of the Nazarene is is conducting a rededication service, open house and lunch Sunday to commemorate changes at the church.
The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a walk-through open house at 11:30 a.m., and lunch served at the Nazarene Family Center.
The public is invited to attend the open house at 11:30 a.m. or both the service and open house.
The church has been remodeling both the church and the family center. Improvements at the Nazarene Family Center include new kitchen cabinets, new serving counter, new flooring, new shades, new roof and newly refurbished handicap restrooms.
The church now has a new roof, new attic insulation, new furnaces and air conditioning and new foyer/entrance flooring.
Along with remodeling existing rooms in the basement, new construction has been done giving the basement a new look and new feel. The new look includes a new child’s restroom in the nursery ministry area. The basement restrooms have been totally refurbished. The nursery has moved and expanded. Classrooms have new carpet, new lights and new doors. New wall decorations have been added to give a warm pleasant feeling.
Changes also include a new Sunday school program called Rotation Sunday School. Each class teaches the same story, but uses different classroom themes. For example, the story of David and Goliath will be taught by all teachers. Each week, the children rotate to a new classroom: a cooking class, a media center class and a craft class. Another class to be added will be a drama and puppet class.
According to the Rev. Howard Innis, pastor of the church, two special benefits come from this type of teaching. First, teachers will teach the same lesson for several weeks rather than having to come up with a weekly lesson. Second, the story will be repeated multiple times giving children a strong connection to each story of the Bible.
“In its remodeling strategy, the church has focused on creating a safe environment for children and youth,” said Innis. “Our desire is to continue to offer children, youth, adults and families the good news of the saving grace of Jesus. Church is not so much about buildings as it is about people networking with people. Our building is a ministry tool.”