Our vision takes shape

Exciting things are on the horizon at First Presbyterian as the vision we first imagined last summer begins to take shape.

At that time, we presented an overarching vision for using two church properties, 9 and 11 Court Square. The vision has been refined, and soon parts of it will begin to take shape. We now hope to complete some of these projects in multiple phases.

Phase 1 (Current)

Working with our finance committee and outside experts in architecture and civil engineering, we have developed an affordable plan to complete Phase One to remove 11 Court Square (the building directly adjacent to our sanctuary) and replace it with a new courtyard. Demolition has happened, and courtyard construction will happen during the summer, with a projected late 2020 completion.

The courtyard will include hardscape, a central grassy area and a 24-foot-high green screen as a visual “backdrop” to the new courtyard. The courtyard will feature a stage area, a detachable movie screen suitable for movie nights, classes and musical events. The courtyard will be secured on the Court Square side by a lockable, sliding gate.

In addition to a new courtyard, Phase One also includes a badly needed storage facility for maintenance equipment that will be created at the rear of 9 Court Square.

As we complete Phase One, we can all begin to dream, to pray and to plan for our next steps.

Phases 2, 3 and 4 (dates to be determined)

During these latter phases, we hope to open up access to the new courtyard from both the main church building and from 9 Court Square (the building adjacent to the newly constructed courtyard). Tentative plans for this include adding additional windows to 9 Court Square and large operational overhead doors that would allow the interior space to flow out into the courtyard, adding significant flexibility and versatility to both.

We hope to renovate and repurpose the old fellowship hall and kitchen, installing large windows on the east wall that would look out over the courtyard.

At some point, the church’s heating and air conditioning systems, parts of which are more than 30 years old, must also be addressed.

As we continue to take steps to flesh out our vision, we remain committed to three essential elements: considering our covenant partners’ input; obeying God’s leading; and being fiscally responsible with our assets.