I thought I’d share with you a bit of news that is happening right here in the Ministry Centre where I have my office. Once the home of a dying congregation, this facility now houses four churches, the Journey Home Community, a Chinese school and several other rental groups–as well as our CBWC BC-Y Regional Office and Church Planting Office.
The following article is part of a Century II Campaign to raise funds for the facility, but I really just hope you’ll read it to expand your imagination on how we use church buildings in community for the sake of the Kingdom! ~ Cailey
Living Hope Fellowship is a congregation in Burnaby, BC, that meets every Sunday and throughout the week in the Royal Oak Ministry Centre (a CBWC co-operative). Living Hope started in January 1996 and since then has been growing into the ethnically-diverse and community-serving congregation of 180 people that they are today.
Through the Ministry Centre co-operative, Living Hope shares the building with their partner church, Greenhills Christian Fellowship (a CBWC Church Plant), as well as half a dozen rental groups including two other churches. Living Hope uses about half of the facility every Sunday.
This co-operative partnership continues to be a great opportunity to share resources with GCF (and many other rental groups from the community). However, GCF has almost exclusive use of the one working kitchen in the building, so Living Hope and rental groups have been limited in options for preparing food and sharing meals on a Sunday.
In order to better facilitate ministry through hospitality, Living Hope is planning an upgrade of the second kitchen (built circa 1959). This kitchen is currently in need of an oven (and a ventilation system for it), range, dishwasher and replacement refrigerator.
The renovation that is planned will also upgrade the walls of the adjoining fellowship room. It is currently used for Sunday School space, Mandarin language classes, community meetings, and church meals. With a functioning kitchen and fellowship space, the congregation hopes to increase the use of this space for existing and growing ministries.