New Grace Presbyterian Church

By WEEK Producer

September 26, 2010 Updated Sep 26, 2010 at 10:37 PM CDT

Members of Grace Presbyterian Church say they have a lot to be thankful for this Sunday. After four years of planning and construction, congregants finally have a new church home.

And now they're in a new 110 thousand square-foot church. It has not only a large sanctuary and vestibule, but also a café and plenty of Sunday school rooms

The executive director says the church population is more than 17 hundred people and their old facility at Forrest Hill and Knoxville in Peoria was getting cramped
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The new space which sits on 60 acres just north of the Shoppes at Grand Prairie not only allows for fewer services but more congregants.

It's possible Grace members won't be the only ones benefiting from the move. St. Paul Baptist Church has been looking to expand it's congregation as well and is looking to buy the old church on Forrest Hill.

Members say it was faith and a lot of help that allowed them to follow through with the construction of the 20 million dollar church in the midst of a recession.

Although Grace Presbyterian is 148 years old, this massive church- which had standing room only for its inaugural service- marks a new beginning and certainty of many more years of service in Peoria.

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