The Bridge builds their church
The Bridge Bible Church in Somerset is turning what used to be a salon into a gathering space, "KidZone" Children's area and a coffee shop.
The Bridge Bible Church closed on the building, located at 701 Rivard St., on Dec. 13 and began renovations around Dec. 15.
"Everybody's excited to have a 24/7 spot that we can function from," said Rev. Brian Williamson. "We'll have a more established location to do our ministry out of."
Church member Missy LeQue said much of the work is being done by church members who have remodeling experience. LeQue said many of these people have jobs in areas like construction and electrical contracting. In all, LeQue said there are between 20 and 30 people signed up as volunteers to help renovate the church.
Some of the renovations being done include replacing the carpet, removing walls in certain areas and removing salon equipment from what will be The Bridge Bible Church's gathering space.
"There's just a real sense from our whole church body that this is just an exciting time," LeQue said.
Despite the strong volunteer response, LeQue said The Bridge Bible Church will contract for some portions of the work--for work that lies outside the skill set of Bridge Bible church members. LeQue said the church is currently taking bids for the project.
LeQue said coordinating volunteer schedules has also been a challenge, as many of the volunteers work full time.
To save money and the environment, LeQue said the church is reusing as much material as they can, provided it is in good condition and reusing it does not go against code.
Williamson said he is excited about the worship space, but is especially excited about the community outreach made possible by the church's new building.
The church will be leasing their "KidZone" area to Sonshine Learning Center daycare (based in New Richmond). They will also lease a coffee shop area to The Bean Bag Coffee House (also located in New Richmond).
"When (God) created the world, He was creative in his expression of life," Williamson said. "We want to express that creativity and uniqueness, and one of the ways we really want to do that is finding ways that we can really bless the community."
Williamson said the church's goal is to complete the remodeling and hold gatherings in the new building by March. Williamson said the actual date of the first gathering in the new building will depend on how quickly construction goes.
"We're just excited to keep moving forward," he said.