Project: Church Relocation
A Brief History - the current church building, located at 61 Toronto St. North in Markdale, was erected in 1925 as a Gospel Workers church. In 1958 this congregation joined the church of the Nazarene, as it remains today.
In 1999, a Property Expansion Fund was created in anticipation of adjoining properties becoming available for purchase, thus providing greater options for future growth. In 2005, a house and lot immediately behind the church, on Cavan Street, was purchased and paid off 18 months later. The building was removed and currently serves as a parking area.
In 2009, the house and lot at 77 Toronto St. North (adjoining the manse property on the north side) was purchased and fully paid off in December of 2013. It is currently providing rental income.
In recent years it became evident that the current building was limited for meeting the needs and expectations of our modern society. Accessibility is one of the main issues, with many steps up to the sanctuary. Available space for pot luck lunches, weddings, funerals, children and youth activities limits the ability, at times, to minister to the church body and the community at large in Markdale.
The possibility of adding an addition to the current building was investigated and researched, but deemed to be cost ineffective, as the original building would need to be brought to the current building code standard. Also, with current parking regulations, the expanded church property would still be lacking space.
The Vision - It was concluded that the best long term solution would be to locate to a larger property (apporx. 5 acres) within the community of Markdale, to build a single level building, which would include a sanctuary (seating for 200 plus), a fellowship hall/gym, kitchen, nursery and other classrooms which would accommodate a broad range of ministry opportunities for both the church body and the community at large.
Currently we are assessing a couple of properties which have the potential to accommodate a new church. Early in 2014 a goal was set to raise $100,000.00 by December 31, 2014 to aid in our relocation effort, to be used as a down payment on a piece of property.
If you would like to support, share suggestions, or find out more information about our relocation effort you can click here or contact:
David Goudy Wayne Goudy Tom Dixon
(519) 986-1935 (519) 986-2841 (519) 379-5344
As of Jan 25, 2015