Construction is now underway at Island Christian Church’s East Northport campus for the total renovation of its sanctuary. The original building, now the youth center of the church, was built in 1965. In the mid-eighties, a major addition was undertaken, adding classrooms, offices and a 10,000 square-foot multipurpose auditorium, which is where Sunday services have been held since in opened in 1987. Since that time, another addition occurred in 2008, which increased lobby space, classrooms, and offices. Over the last few years, it became apparent that the sanctuary space was in need of a major face-lift, after 30-plus years of continual use. Called RENEW 2018, the project entails new staging and lighting, audio/visual, wall covering, carpeting, HVAC, and seating. “This is such an exciting time for Island Christian Church,” says our senior pastor Mike O’Connor.
The sanctuary is not the only thing being renewed. In a spiritual sense, we are called to be regularly be renewed— as we discover new and fresh things about our Lord every day. In Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul instructs us to continually renew our minds: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Indeed, Island Christian Church has been and continues to be a place where renewal occurs as fresh faith is formed and the Kingdom of God is furthered. Just looking at what has taken place in the sanctuary over the last 30 years: 3,000 Sunday services, 759 baptisms, over 100 weddings almost 300 baby dedications— just to name a few of the milestones. Pastor Mike goes on to say, “Now, we get to see it fully renovated for this and the next generation— for the next 30 years, the Lord willing. Thankfully, all the funds needed for this renovation were generously provided for by our congregation, so there is no debt.”
Completion is expected sometime before Christmas, 2018. In the meantime, Sunday services now take place in the church gymnasium, which served as the sanctuary in the original building. We’ve come full circle it seems, but we are blessed to be able to have the space to accommodate our growing congregation during construction. In fact, to everyone at ICC—invite someone in the community to check us out! Back to Church Sunday is September 9!