Follow our journey of transforming our building into an accessible, beautiful, and healing space.
Architecture Promotes Healing
The vision of transforming our building into an accessible, beautiful, and healing space is inspiring. By creating accessible, hospitable spaces, we are better able to build relationships within and beyond our church. In these ways, our new building helps us build community!
Charrette Report Spring 2020
Dimension IV architectural firm was retained by First Presbyterian Church to provide a multi-session Design/ Planning Charrette. The primary goal for the Charrette was to visualize the potential of the facility to meet the requirements of the American Disabilities Act (ADA) for universal accessibility and revise as appropriate how the facility can best meet the current and anticipated future mission and goals of the congregation.
Visuals Speak Workshop 8.2019
Sixty church members worked with Molly Grisham to envision how God is calling us to serve our community as faithful disciples of Jesus and led by the Spirit.. The overwhelming clarity for building renovations is an elevator. We also highly value our community partnerships.
The engineering analysis focused on the viability of the 1920 wing and addressed accessibility for connecting the sanctuary and 1920 and 1967 additions. The recommendation was to remove and replace this section.
Community Asset Mapping
Asset mapping is a critical engagement tool – bringing together a wide group of stakeholders and leaders from throughout Springfield and greater Sangamon County to generate ideas and guidance on ways that First Presbyterian Church can use its space and building for new uses, partnerships, and collaboration.
Geography of Grace
As a congregation, we are rooted and reaching. We honor our past, our roots, while nurturing our growing future, our branches. In these workshops, we listened for God’s voice leading us in new paths informed by our history and shaped by our present community. This is our heart and soul work. The Geography of Grace curriculum was developed by the Center for Courage and Renewal.