Let’s face it, churches have changed dramatically in the last 20 years. While the congregation and basic purpose of churches has stayed about the same, the building structure and amenities are completely different. It’s hard to find that church of yesteryear, one with a steeple and with a foyer just for hanging coats before entering the sanctuary. Today, churchgoers are looking for a more modern atmosphere and experience than what they and their parents grew up with. If you’re planning to remodel your church building or even build a new one, consider these updates from the commercial construction experts at Hearn Construction, Inc.
1. Multi-Functional Sanctuary
Gone are the days of churches using a dedicated sanctuary with pews. Many churches now are opting for chairs that are easier to configure in different ways, to fit the culture and activities of the church. With an open design, you can use your sanctuary for conferences and meeting space, as well as for traditional uses such as worship, weddings, and funerals.
2. Encourage Connection
Modern churches try to encourage their congregations to connect with one another outside of the worship service. Comfortable “hang-out” areas can include a coffee bar, stools, couches, tables, and chairs. It’s important to make this space easy to access and inviting, so that first-time guests get a good impression of your facilities.
3. Invest in Children’s Areas
The children’s facilities and nursery rooms should not be an afterthought. The amount of time and thought that is put into improving these areas will show how your church values families. It is important to make kids feel welcome and excited to be at church, while also helping parents feel that their children are safe and secure. Be sure that your facilities include security systems and procedures, a convenient drop-off/pick-up location, and clean rooms with safe, age-appropriate equipment.
To learn more about how to improve your church building, and what Hearn Construction can do for you, contact us today at (765) 452-2669. If you’re in the Kokomo, IN, area including Indianapolis, Muncie, and Lafayette, our team would love to help with your remodel, room addition, or new construction.