This summer at Second, we are excited about the work underway on the west side of our building to create a new neighborhood porch, Community Room, new west entry and hallway. The work currently underway is a part of the larger vision initiated with our capital campaign, “Creating Space for All People,” to offer greater accessibility and create new spaces for connection and ministry. As our senior pastor, Rev. Paul Rock, says, “This campaign is not about playing it safe, but about opening up, dreaming big, building bridges and being God’s loving missionary church in the City.”
Our vision for the building includes the following three phases:
(Phase 1) – Honoring our Past, Securing Our Future – Completed!
The work began as we honored our past through restoring and securing our tower which has definitively marked our church’s historic entrance since 1917. The restoration ensured the preservation of the beautiful architecture, improved accessibility and addressed safety concerns. The project included reconstructing the top portion of the tower, replacing deteriorated stones and pouring new stairs.
(Phase 2) – Creating Accessible, Community-Rich Spaces – Completed!
The second phase of our improvements was devoted to making the core of our building more accessible and better suited for outreach and gatherings. A major improvement was the installation of a larger, central elevator that is ADA compliant. For the first time, we now have elevator access to all floors of the building, including the Calvin Center (basement). In addition, phase two created new, sun-lit lobbies on each floor that are now being used as spaces to gather and connect.
(Phase 3) – Extending a Message of Invitation to our Neighborhood – Under Construction
Phase three, which will extend a new welcoming entry and a front porch for our neighborhood, is a key part of our vision for reaching out and beyond our walls. When completed, the porch will visually and practically invite people from the neighborhood and provide a more attractive facade to our west, where 14,000 cars and hundreds of runners, walkers and cyclists pass each day. The phase three improvements will accomplish these exciting improvements:
(1) Create an ADA bathroom and shower in Calvin Center.
(2) Create a light, welcoming and obvious path from our new, west entry to our central elevator lobby.
(3) Deconstruct our west wall facing Brookside Blvd. and replace it with a well-lit and inviting front porch with a clear main, ADA compliant entrance and additional door to the north. In addition, the porch will alow for even grade access from both 55th St. and the north parking lot.
(4) Create a new Community Room, directly accessible from the front porch, that will provide a space for neighborhood gatherings, and Second Church events, worship services, classes and small groups.
In addition to these building improvements, the overall vision included a fourth phase to support new and existing ministries.
(Phase 4) – Rethinking and Sustaining our Vibrant Ministries – Ongoing Implementation
As we create our new building spaces, we seek to fill them with vibrant ministries that demonstrate God’s love and transform lives. Our strategic vision, The Great Report, includes many creative ideas and recommendations for adapting current ministries or attempting new ones to ensure that our mission, vision and values are advanced. Learn more in The Great Report.