It’s been a jammed back couple of months with summer ministries, support development, family time and preparing for an exciting fall. Many of our prayers are being answered and God is at work in many ways. Many of you have prayed that God would provide our church the right space at the right time and the right price!
I’m pleased to announce: New City Church has a permanent space. Read details below!
The Right Place
Over the last 3 years God has been faithful in helping our church establish a strong presence in the riverfront area of Long Island City. This area is defined by about 20 square blocks. Our prayer has been that God would provide a space within that area for us to use on a weekly basis. This past month we have been able to secure the use of the Hunters Point School campus for our Sunday services.
This campus is in the heart of that 20 block area and is directly across the street from our 17 acres of waterfront park. It is the newest school in our neighborhood and we will have access to a brand new auditorium that will allow us to provide seating for up to 350 people. We will also be able to use others rooms in the school for children’s activities on Sundays. We are also in negotiations with a new preschool facility next door to the school to be able to use their facility on Sundays to provide programming for our birth – 4 year olds.
God has truly provided us with an incredible meeting space.
The Right Time
God has been so faithful to provide more space at the right time. When we first began to meet as a church, we gathered in the living room of Patrick’s apartment. When we out grew that space, God opened the door for us to use the community room in this complex. For the last 15 months that room has been a perfect fit for us. As the door closed on that space God was opening the door to our new space which we will have use of the first Sunday in October.
The unique thing about the first Sunday in October is that it falls on the same weekend as our annual community carnival. Last year we had close to 1,000 people come out to the carnival and we are expecting an even bigger crowd this year. How amazing is it that on that weekend we also get to tell people about our new meeting location that is directly across from where the carnival will be taking place! We are praying that God will draw many people from the carnival to join us for church on that Sunday!
The Right Price
During our search for a permanent meeting space we have looked at places that could have cost us up to $8,500/month. Each of these spaces would have given us a maximum seating capacity of around 150 people. The majority of these spaces would have also required some extensive build out that could have cost us around $100,000. Last week we got our final price on the school and it will cost us only around $2,000/month to have access to it every Sunday. With the additional cost of renting the preschool facility next to it we are looking at a total monthly rental cost of $2,500. This will give us seating capacity for over 350 adults, an area for older kids and access to a state of the art preschool facility.
There are some upfront costs for items like a sound system, projectors, pipe and drape, signage and children’s equipment that we will need to purchase. We have no doubt that God will provide for each of these needs as well.
Pray for our church as we move into our new home. Pray that God guides us as we direct our ministries and our teams into this space and that God will grow our church not just numerically but spiritually.
Pray for our LIC Fall Carnival that is October 3rd. Pray for our mission partners that will be a part of that event and pray for our community members who will come be a part.
Pray for my housing. I’m in the final phase of approval for my affordable housing apartment and it has been a rollercoaster to say the least.