As construction begins on our new facility, several teams from Hope have been meeting to choose the “look & feel” of our new home. What color and style of kitchen cabinetry? What countertops? What flooring materials? What fabric for the new seating? What color paint on the walls? Trim? Doors? Signage? So many choices!
We’ve made an intentional decision to pursue an aesthetic that will be casual and comfortable. With exposed ceilings and ductwork, polished concrete and wood flooring, etc., the place will have a similar visual appeal as many of the restaurants and taverns in our community. The goal is to create a space that already feels familiar to people. We want folks to walk through the doors and feel right at home as quickly as possible.
This design priority reflects an even bigger motivation behind building our new home. It’s not really for us. Oh, sure, we’ll meet there throughout the week. We’ll host events, learn, worship, serve, have fun, celebrate, remember, and so much more. But we’re installing more chairs than we need… because they’re prepared for new friends and neighbors that we haven’t even met yet. We’re expanding our classroom space to accommodate families we haven’t met. We’re designing a great space for teenagers that we haven’t met. It’s all about extending a welcome and serving our community.
Our theater space will become available for community concerts, recitals, training events, presentations, plays, and more. And, of course, we look forward to hosting weddings, funerals, parties, and other important milestone settings in the lives of the people living in our area.
Why? Because we’re convinced this attitude — and this “look & feel” — reflect the heart of God for people. And at Hope, we want everyone to know that they’re welcome & wanted.