Our new 37,000 square foot building has been designed so that we gather in a common area, then disperse to other locations for specific functions and activities - worship, Christian education and music, recreation and fellowship, administrative. Direct access to the child care wing is also provided through a separate entrance.
Worship - The Sanctuary has a seating capacity of 250-290, with the platform accommodating an additional 50 persons including the choir. The fan-shaped arrangement with a center isle is intended to create a closeness of fellowship.
The space can be expanded in the future by removing the back walls and expanding into the classrooms on each side.
The pews and pulpit furniture are from the old building. They have been reworked, refinished, reupholstered to blend with the finishes and to fit the space in the new Sanctuary. Also relocated to our new Sanctuary was Central’s historic 1925 E.M. Skinner Pipe organ. The main chambers are above the choir loft, with the echo chamber at the back of the Sanctuary.
The baptistery is centered above the choir loft, behind a sliding panel. It is designed such that the minister may baptize the candidate without entering the water.
Christian Education – Six adult Sunday School classrooms surround the Sanctuary. One is equipped as a crying room - with windows and speakers for viewing and hearing activities in the Sanctuary. Three additional classrooms on the east side of the building are designed to allow for a diversity of children’s programming. A suite of rooms including a kitchenette, adjacent to the Fellowship Hall, provides meeting, recreation, and storage space for the youth program.
Music - Central’s music ministry is housed along the north corridor of the building with direct access to the Sanctuary. There is a choir rehearsal room, office space for the Minister of Music with an adjoining music library, men’s and women’s choir robing rooms, and instrument storage space.
Fellowship and Recreation – The multi-purpose Fellowship Hall is will be equipped for basketball and volleyball. A complete kitchen and storage rooms adjacent to this space will also facilitate its use for dinners, receptions, and similar activities. Stained glass panels, representing the 12 Apostles, now in the east end soffitt were configured as a window over the baptistery in our old building, and that building’s cornerstone has also been placed into the east wall.
Parlor – This multi-use space is directly accessible from the Informal Gathering Area. It is comfortably furnished, equipped with a small kitchen, and contains a large bathroom/dressing room.
Child Care Ministry - The child care wing, which includes an office suite and teachers’ workroom, will allow us to serve approximately 85 children in our weekday child care program. The eight classrooms are designed to address the needs of the ages served (6 weeks through age 5). These rooms will also function as the church Nursery and pre-school Sunday School classrooms.
Administrative Offices – The church office suite includes a reception/waiting area, offices for the senior minister and associate minister, a conference room, and a workroom.
Porte Cochere and Steeple – This covered area at the main entrance contains engraved brick pavers commemorating individuals (including charter members and former pastors), events, etc. The steeple, rising approximately 50 feet above the porte cochere, was graciously donated by our contractor Buford Burchfield in memory of his son.
Geothermal System – In an effort to be good stewards of our environment and our financial resources, the new building has a geothermal heating and cooling system, which utilizes approximately 108 wells located primarily beneath the playground near the child care wing.
Safety and Security – Particularly for the safety of the child care children, cameras monitor building entrances and access is restricted on weekdays. The building is also fully sprinklered for fire safety.
The Facility Planning Team voted to include sections of brick pavers along the walkway at each side of the entrance to the church. Approximately 400 pavers will be placed in each section.
Each 4" x 8" brick can be engraved with two lines of text with approximately 15 characters per line including spaces.
In addition to honoring or memorializing an individual, a brick could be purchased to commemorate an event - such as a wedding - that took place at Central.
The cost is $100 per brick. Proceeds will be used to support the building program.
Please include your name, telephone number and what you want listed on the brick when you send your check payable to CBC to the church office. If you have any questions, please contact the church office.