TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH
The people of Temple Baptist Church invite the public to a ribbon cutting and kids’ party to be held on Saturday, June 4.
The event will run from 10 a.m. until noon at 400 Holiday Inn Drive in Cambridge with the ribbon cutting happening at 10:15 a.m.
There will be swag bags and tours of the building.
This was the first major building project for the congregation in thirty years and the purpose was to better enable the church to serve the growing Cambridge community.
Temple Baptist Church has undergone this renovation because they have a heart for the community. Their favourite saying is “we are FOR Cambridge.”
“There was a time when weddings, funerals and Sunday worship provided the main reasons for coming to church,” says Lead Pastor Jonathan Stairs, “But now, people are looking to connect with God and each other in a space that fits around their schedules. We believe one of the most pressing needs in our day is to have life-giving relationships.
Many in our society feel isolated and lonely and have a desire to belong to something larger than themselves.
Our goal is for people to find here at Temple a place where they will be accepted just as they are, but loved enough to be challenged to become all that God created them to be.”
He says they upgraded their facilities to remain relevant in this new environment.
The renovation features a spacious foyer and accessible Hub for congregation and community meals, gatherings and events. Its design is open and inviting for conversation.
An upgraded kitchen has been located near the Hub with access to the new outdoor patio.
There is expanded space for children with an indoor and outdoor playground and a Student Centre that features its own stage with lights and cafe. Communications & Community Strategist, Tara Hoyte, says the new space will provide more opportunities for people in the community to gather.
“We host a Cambridge Food Bank Mobile Market with drop-in coffee time every Thursday afternoon. In the morning there is a drop-in playtime in our indoor playground and at night a Basketball drop-in,” she says.
The full project was privately funded and remained within the $12.2 million budget even though construction took much longer due to COVID shutdowns.
During the launch weekend there will be a Friday Night Worship Event, a Saturday Celebration Dinner, a Kids’ Party and then a Homecoming Service on the Sunday. They invite the public to find all the details on their website: www.templebaptistchurch.ca