We have met for the final time at Jenison High School, and eagerly look forward to meeting together in our own space as Wellspring Church. The work in the sanctuary is nearing completion, but we need to make a final push over this last week to finish strong. Thank you to our incredible team of workers and volunteers for the work you have done, and the time and resources you contributed to helping repair and renovate our worship space. We still need some meals for our volunteers, so if you feel led to provide an entree, a salad or a dessert, please sign up!
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE WELLSPRING SANCTUARY?
As was discussed previously, we are going to cover several main projects in the sanctuary.
You may notice that our sanctuary is on occasion humid and uncomfortable. There is condensation that collects in our light fixtures and then drips on people in their seats.
This is because our heating ductwork runs underground and has begun leaking. Because the building is situated in heavily-saturated soil, these ducts fill up with water, and when the heat turns on, it is blowing moist air into the room, resulting in excessive humidity in the sanctuary.
To counteract this humidity, we have been running two industrial strength de-humidifiers around the clock.
Humidity also affects the tuning of our worship band’s instruments to the point where they cannot be stored in the sanctuary. This moisture could also lead to further expensive repairs if we don’t resolve the situation.
We will run new elevated ductwork along where the walls and the ceiling meet. The result will be no more flooded ductwork, no more leaks, no more excessive humidity, better temperature control, and no more damp basement smell!
You may notice that depending on where you sit in the sanctuary on Sunday, the worship music may sound harsh, or the speaker may be difficult to hear despite using a microphone.
This is because of two reasons. One, our current space is a bit of an echo chamber. We do not have any sound treatment in our sanctuary. In fact the metal siding compounds the problem. Believe it or not, our music volume level is actually lower when compared to many other local churches, as well as inside the recommended safe hearing range. What makes it appear louder is the reverberation and echoing in our space.
Two, our speakers are wearing out. They were not big enough for the room, so we had to push them to their maximum ability to fill the space with sound. As a result, they are beginning to make distorted, harsher sounds.
Acoustic panels will be installed throughout the room to “even things out” and provide a more consistent sound throughout the sanctuary. They will be colored to fit into the decor (which will include a fresh coat of paint). We will also be purchasing new speakers that are properly engineered for our sanctuary.
Our overhead lighting is not energy efficient, not dimmable, and is uneven, resulting in certain parts of our sanctuary being in a harsh spotlight, while other spots are in the dark. The current bulbs are expensive and need frequent replacing.
Also, our sanctuary windows are covered with black paper, which is not an ideal solution. It collects condensation, gets wet and comes loose. The intent of covering the windows is to allow us to record video of our services so people can watch or rewatch our sermons.
New overhead LED lighting will be installed, and controllable via dimmers, resulting in more even lighting throughout the room. We also plan to install controllable ambient lighting along our walls that will improve visibility and add a bit of color and warmth to the room. We will be installing window film on the glass that will eliminate the soggy paper, and allow us to produce a quality sermon video.
Our visitors have mentioned some difficulty in finding our Welcome Center, which is located in the west lobby next to the nursery, which separates it from our Visitor’s Reception. Our current Visitor’s Reception is in our north lobby, which will be converted into a new kid’s worship center.
Additionally, many folks have talked about how difficult it can be to find information about events, ministries and more. As we complete these repairs and then enter our building program, Growing God’s Kingdom, it will be even more important to provide clear and accessible information to everyone.
We will create a centralized information hub right in the lobby outside of our sanctuary. This will contain literature from Wellspring, ministry information, informational slides and multimedia, check-in stations, a place to sign up for events and more, and will be easily located by our visitors.
These are some standard building improvements that are not related to our Growing God’s Kingdom program. Our maintenance and operations budget will be used for this undertaking. Your financial gifts to Growing God’s Kingdom will not be spent in the auditorium, as this is a separate project. We look forward with great anticipation to gathering in a revitalized sanctuary to worship together!
WHAT ABOUT PROGRAMMING DURING THE WEEK?
Bible Studies and other operations during the week will not be affected.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THOSE WEEKS?
The renovations in our sanctuary are slated for completion before Sunday, June 9. We plan to have our “Grand Re-Opening” in our revitalized sanctuary on that day.