CORAL SPRINGS, FL - The wait is almost over for congregants of Parkridge Church in Coral Springs.
Hopefully soon, they’ll be able to worship in a brand-new facility as one group in the same space, at the same time, instead of spreading out over three services each Sunday.
“I think what I’m most looking forward to is everyone being together,” Lead Pastor Eddie Bevill said. “The energy and the enthusiasm will be great. Some people don’t know others, now they’ll know each other better and get to know one another, so I’m really excited about that.”
Construction on the new building, located on the same Parkridge Church campus where the current building sits at 5600 Coral Ridge Drive, started October 2018 and was slated to be finished by the fall of 2019. Various small delays added up to a half a year past due, but despite the long road, Bevill said the church members are “pumped” to be close to completion.
The church decided it was the right time to build a new facility to keep up with congregation growth and expand the opportunities of the school, including athletics. The main space in the new building will be multi-purpose, allowing for regular worship services as well as sporting events like basketball and volleyball. But Bevill said it shouldn’t feel like the congregation is worshipping in a gymnasium.
“I told the architect I want a worship room that we can play sports in, not a gym that we worship in,” he said. “So there won’t be any scoreboards on the walls, no banners hanging. Everything will be very neutral so we can worship there on Sundays.”
The only thing in the room that will mark it as a gymnasium on Sundays will be basketball hoops that will be suspended up near the ceiling, away from any immediate line of sight.
Bevill said there will be 370 seats for sporting events and 900 for worship services, a definite upgrade over the current facility, which will be used for the school’s cafeteria once the move to the new building is complete. Church members raised about $1.5 million for the project, with the rest of the funds coming from a mortgage.
About 350 excited members of the church joined together in January for a short Night of Prayer at the new facility, singing songs in the unfinished space and writing favorite scriptures from the Bible in permanent marker on the concrete ground before the flooring went in.
“It’s all covered up now, but it’s cool to know it’s there underneath the flooring,” Bevill said.
Responses from the greater Coral Springs community have been all positive, according to Bevill.
“It’s confirmation that we went in the right direction and that’s what we wanted,” he said. “We wanted to add something nice to the community. We live in a nice area and wanted to build something people would look at and want to stop by someday.”
For more information, visit parkridgechurch.com.