When I was the Children's Pastor at Lakeview, we transformed the room to archaeological dig site. I will try to find some pictures. Creative Memory album searches are not as easy as computer searches ;)
Fervent Kids Ministries started with the Life Church when they were doing church out of a truck at a school. When the Home Church moved out of the warehouse on Murray Drive in Stockton it was a chance for the Life Church to call a building home. We had 30 days to convert the warehouse into a church with a sanctuary, kids church, and a nursery. The bathrooms were something else too. When drawing up the plans for the Kids Church, we finally decided on putting in an entryway and a bohimath structure over the stage.
We completed the remodel in 30 days and remained in that building for around 8 months.
Then the Grace Assembly Building on Fremont St. became available to us. The first week of January we moved from our building on Murray Dr. to a facility on Fremont St and hwy 99.
When we first looked at the new facility all we could say is ‘wow’ and not a good wow. The building where the kids will meet looked like it had been built in the 1950’s and abandoned in the 1980’s. The ceiling was about 7 foot high, so no bleachers and a lot of the tiles had water damage. I was really bummed that we were leaving an awesome Kid’s Church for this.
As we tried to figure out what we were going to do, the Lord started laying little pieces about His plan on our hearts. We know if we would have received His whole vision for the facility, we would have choked. We removed the ceiling and a wall between 2 23x25 classrooms, so we would be able to use the bleachers from our old Kid’s Church. Our original thought was to paint the roof, however after we removed the ceiling, we found piping and wiring exposed for the non functioning a/c units. The ducting for the a/c units looked like they were put in by Dr. Seuss, what a mess. We also found that most of the insulation and tiles were not salvageable because of the water damage. We did find a lot of pots and pans above the ceiling, I guess that was easier than taking care of the problem. Because of the wiring and the piping, we needed to replace the ceiling, ouch.
God really started to reveal Himself when a friend said he had family that would be able to put a new ceiling in for us and a friend that can check out the a/c heating units. That week, our a/c units were all working and they were able to remove almost 30 feet of extra ducting that had been installed. I had been dreading getting the estimate for the ceiling.
When the people came out for the ceiling, after taking some measurements, they said they would be able to do it all for free. All we would need to pick up is the tiles. He had all the wires, t-bar and everything else. He even brought a crew. All he wanted is a letter of recommendation for the job. (Are you kidding, a letter, WOW God you are so in this).
Now I am getting excited, I wanted to have something that took the place of our mammoth structure that we had over our stage at the other building. We tried to think of something that really didn’t belong in a classroom (or 2). A MASSIVE STAGE, now it is getting exciting. God was giving us dreams. So I talked to our stage creator (Johnnie), who helped us, start planning the stage, and boy did we start planning. We did not waste anytime building an awesome 10 foot entrance wall, puppet stage and a 2 foot high 24 foot long stage (I was hoping for 3 foot high but 2 is awesome).
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LifeSong Remodel of double wide modular, old youth ministries room
When we discussed the theme for this room before we started, I was hoping for an Old Jerusalem or Galilee type theme, my wife wanted a ship. When we first started to clear out the room, we found some t-shirts from a VBS the church had done a few years earlier. They had a picture of a ship on them. A few hours later we found curriculum based on a ship. Not 10 minutes later I got a phone call from the previous Children's Pastor telling me that she had been praying and the Lord had put on her heart that Robin and I were Captains on a ship....Being the dense kind of guy that I am, I got the message :) I said ok to my wife's ship vision.
We started to put out the vision to our church body for help, as I am not a carpenter or electrician. I was starting to get disheartened with the lack of interest in anyone helping. Then one family said they would be able to help, and they really were able to make our dreams come true. They were also able to add to the vision. As we started to build, then others started stepping up with supplies.