COLUMBUS – 1C Church is transforming one of Columbus’ oldest community centers, and they’re hoping to remain a center piece for the community.
A coffee shop, a youth area, a new worship area, and recreational rooms are all included in Columbus’ newly transforming church facility, located inside the old YMCA.
1C Pastor Christopher Decker says since moving into the new building, they have seen a growth of 80 to 100 people regularly attending church services, since moving from the Westgate Shopping Center.
“New people to meet, new families to kind of orient through what we kind of do and why we do it. So it’s been neat to stand in a spot before church on Sunday and just sort of look out and see new faces and new families, and yet those people are kind of mixed in with people I do recognize,” says Decker.
One of the features Decker hopes will help draw people into the new facility is The Broken Mug. A coffee shop, open to the public, on the north-central side of the building. The coffee shop also offers ice cream, and will eventually offer a selection of sandwiches and other food items.
“It’s just been a really relaxing spot. It’s a nice entry way, doorway for people, into our church. People that might not normally come into a church, but would certainly come into a coffee shop, can see what our church is all about when they come into the coffee shop,” says Decker.
Decker says the youth rooms are set to have various games and activities, and the whole building has wifi for those who come to visit. Decker also says they’re excited about the opportunity to provide some workout equipment and rec facilities to the public for free, once construction is completed.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to give the building back to the community. It has been a blessing for us, and we want it to be a blessing for the community. We want other churches and other service organizations to have access to the building and utilize the space,” says Decker.
Decker says they hope to have the entire building set up for a grand opening in early fall. Decker says the date has not yet been set, but they are aiming to host it just before the start of the new school year.