Grace Gathering Area (Upper Level)

Imagine entering our main entrance (the “Worship Center”) to face a reception desk straight ahead and a brightly lit, spacious social area, with an expanse of windows overlooking the Lacy Garden. Clusters of tables and chairs and comfortable seating nooks invite worshipers to linger before and after services and to refresh themselves at the self-serve coffee bar. Additional windows are planned for the Coffee Bar section allowing a view from wooded spaces outside of the church right through to the courtyard. The Coffee Bar will have seating, board-patterned floor tiling, and a convenient wraparound counter for access to refreshments. Young families are encouraged to take a moment to meet with friends while their kids play in the cordoned play area behind the elevator.

Impromptu and planned meetings during the week are also expected to spill over into the Gathering Area as a comfortable way to touch base, coordinate activities, or connect with friends before and after activities. The seating area will be carpeted with a “cobbled” pattern reminiscent of a Parisian street café, with a patterned carpet for the walkway meandering between entrances.

Visitors and Members entering the church by Room 254 (the “Activity Center” entrance) will be met with an expanded view across the Gathering Area all the way to the Sanctuary, with daylight flooding in through the new windows overlooking the Lacy Garden. We will have done away with much of the “closed in and institutional” look and feel for the first impression of Grace. (Larger Floor Plan available in the Church Office.)