For the better part of a year, folks at Heartland Presbyterian Church have been “dealing with the dust” during Sunday morning worship services, while their church on Hickman Road has been under a massive remodeling project.
“It’s been a joyous mess,” says Pastor Mark Davis. “We’ve had to take chairs out on Sunday afternoons and put them back on Sunday morning. We’ve all been putting up with the dust, and we’ve cleaned and cleaned again.”
But those challenges are finally behind them, replaced by more luxurious space and facilities for all to enjoy — not just the congregation members, but the public as well, Davis says.
“We always knew our church was incomplete as it was. The sanctuary was too small to hold everybody, so we’d have three sermons in order to accommodate our members,” he says. “So we expanded our worship space to make it larger and more permanent, and now we have a common area where we can have meals together and a community area for celebrations. It has a very large and well-equipped commercial kitchen.”
The new look will also include six additional classrooms, making 12 in all, where the older kids will be able to have lessons comfortably with more age-appropriate resources and furniture, Davis explained. Also, additional parking spaces, playground equipment and a patio outside will better accommodate the masses.
“I’m really excited about the patio,” Davis says. “It’ll be nice when the evergreens grow tall enough to block the noise from Hickman Road.”
Much of the project was funded through a capital campaign in the congregation as well as a little borrowing, Davis explains.
“The support throughout this project has been just wonderful,” he adds. “It’s been a real team event from the get-go.”
By Thanksgiving, everything should be running smoothly at Heartland. Davis says the church plans to host a celebration on Jan. 20 from 2 – 4 p.m., inviting church members, area churches and the public to check out the much-needed improvements that have been a long-time coming.