Expansion means more than space for local church

By WEEK Reporter

March 23, 2014 Updated Mar 23, 2014 at 11:25 PM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. -- Pekin First Church of the Nazarene has been busting at the seams, but thanks to a new addition, the church is able to welcome many more new faces.

"It's pretty incredible to see it all together," said church member Jessica Parsons.

"It's way better than we thought it might be," said Senior Pastor, Reverend Lloyd Brock.

That was the sentiment during church on Sunday.

Church attendance has doubled in the last few years and Sunday there was a dedication ceremony for a new addition, something that's been in the works for three years.

"Some of our goals are to minister to as many children as we possibly can, and teenagers and young adults," said Reverend Brock. "And so we're trying to make space to do that ministry as effectively as we can."

The addition not only includes ministry space, but fellowship halls, offices and a coffee bar.

Many members were involved in the project -- from coming up with ideas, building and picking out finishes.

"Just looking at all those details is one thing, but seeing it all come together is pretty amazing," said Parsons.

But it wasn't without its struggles.

"I think we had one of the wettest years on record when we started. We actually had water coming out of the soil. Instead of water coming down we had water coming out and up. So it was really a struggle the first year," said the contractor on the project, Enoch Strange.

The project took slightly longer than expected because of some additions to the original plan, but the final result is something the members can talk about and use for years to come.