Pastor Loren Larsen promises that 14,800 square feet of space will be open to all young people.
Oregon City Christian Church inaugurated on May 16 on a 14,800 square foot community center that will include two adult classrooms, a youth classroom, a youth suspension space and a gymnasium.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, more than 140 people of all ages brought their shovels to dig in the dirt, while enjoying sundaes with mini scoop spoons. For Loren Larsen, the church’s pastor, the grand opening offers the promise of yet another space for all of Oregon City’s youth, for community events and for sports leagues to train and play.
“It means a lot to our congregation and our city because of the impact our current building has had on the wounded and broken,” he said. “While the opening is exciting, what really makes this day meaningful is the impact it will have that we cannot yet see.”
In 2007, the church congregation inaugurated its original church at 1179 S. End Road.
“That day they prayed that the community would be reached and hearts would be changed,” Larsen said. “They saw the potential of this new church, but only God knew the impact it would have on the community.”
Building the gymnasium means a lot to youth pastor Ryan Leonard, who has been with the Oregon City Christian Church congregation since he was in sixth grade. When he was a student in youth ministry, young people had to share space with other church ministries, but soon there will be a dedicated space for students.
“It provides a space for our youth and our community to come together and build relationships in a safe environment,” said Leonard. “It is a place where we have the opportunity to serve our youth and our community in a way that we could not do before.”
The scheduled hours of operation for the new community center will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The planned completion of the project will be in March 2022.
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