Devastated City Gets Unique Gift From Christian Church
One of the worst cities in the nation for foreclosure is receiving a kind gift from a local church. Cape Christian Fellowship had plans to build a $15 million worship auditorium, but now is switching its focus to building a 100,000-square-foot park for its city. The church is launching a non-traditional campaign to build Fellowship Park.
Plans include the city’s first amphitheater, a splash pad, four children’s playgrounds, sports and multi-purpose fields, common areas, zip line, jogging trail, pavilion and cafe. The church plans to build it, fund it and maintain it. The church is also launching a community campaign called “Not in My City”which will provide resources for families facing hunger, homelessness and poverty. “It’s alarming that 350 children are homeless in our city. Assessing the community’s needs was sobering and led us to turn
our attention outside the walls of our church,” says Cape Christian Fellowship’s Lead Pastor Wes Furlong. “Even though we’ve outgrown our current facility, we cancelled our plans for a new worship center. Instead, we’re building a park where families can gather, play, attend concerts and community events. We’re also providing resources to help families who’ve lost homes or jobs. We are a church that exists for our city.”
Cape Christian Fellowship is the largest Mennonite church in the US. It’s attendance has doubled in five years, creating more than 20 ministries for the city. Some of those ministries include a mentoring program for young mothers and a state-approved character curriculum in public schools. The church is also hoping to log one million volunteer hours within public schools.