First Baptist Church Plans Dedication
of Recreation Outreach Center, Sunday
by: Bobby McDonald
After an almost two year construction period, First Baptist Church is excited about moving into their new Recreation Outreach Center (ROC), and have planned a dedication service for Sunday night, January 8, 2012. Refreshments and tours will begin on Sunday afternoon at 5:00 p.m., and an evening worship service will begin at 6:00 p.m., with the public encouraged to attend.
Pastor Mark Bryant and Mike Armstrong, Administrator of Recreation and Outreach,
at First Baptist Church, discuss Sunday's facility dedication service in the new ROC Center.
"We've waited for a long, long time," expressed Pastor Mark Bryant and Mike Armstrong, Administer of Recreation and Outreach, at First Baptist, as they gave an impromptu tour of the newly constructed facility, on Tuesday afternoon. "We're extremely excited about how this facility can be used by both our membership and our community!"
Pastor Mark Bryant and Mike Armstrong are shown in the Cafe
area of the new ROC Center at First Baptist Church.
The 36,000 square foot facility has a meeting and cafe area on the bottom floor, as well as a huge gymnasium and staging area, that can be used for large gatherings, concerts, and other activities. Then, an additional 18 classrooms are included in the upstairs portion of the building, to be utilized for an expanding instructional program. "We just ran out of room at the main facility and needed the extra room for expansion," expressed Bryant. "We're excited about the phenomenal growth and the ways we can used these facilities to meet the needs of our membership and to reach out to the community!"
This spacious gymnasium can be utilized for a number of activities, including concerts, large meetings,
and will host Sunday's dedication service of approximately 500-600 people.
"We have an indoor walking track, exercise equipment, a cafe, meeting facilities, and just about anything that you could think of," expressed Armstrong. "We already have Zumba classes, Upward Basketball, Our Place, Texercise, and a number of other groups booked to use the facility!"
"This is what the facility was built for, to be used," added both men. "We want the community and our members to take advantage of this facility for use and the needs of the community!"
Armstrong and Bryant welcome the public to the large classroom area
of the facility that boasts 18 classrooms for instruction and meetings.
The church invites everyone out on Sunday, for the tours and dedication service and if you can't make it then, they are planning an Open House, scheduled for Saturday, January 14, 2012, from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., where they will be offering additional tours.
"You've just got to see the facility to believe what all is included," expressed Bryant and Armstrong. "And, we're excited about showing it to you!"
"This facility represents our commitment to the community and our
vision of growth for the Lord in Hopkins County," advised Armstrong and Bryant.