DENVER – Two area churches are in the process of raising money to fund the construction of brand new facilities and a third is nearing the end of a yearlong project to expand its chapel.
St. Peter by-the-Lake Episcopal Church
St. Peter by-the-Lake announced a $1.3 million project early in 2018 and construction followed soon after in March. The project involves an addition to the existing church building that will allow for the expansion of the church’s chapel and additional classroom space.
The process began in 2016 when the church informed its congregation of the reasons for exploring expansion and requested feedback in return. Those reasons included the need for more worship space, additional facilities for Christian education, expansion of the church’s nursery and reconfiguration of the narthex to provide more entrance space and access to a brand new elevator to be installed as part of the project.
Following the period of discernment, St. Peter by-the-Lake conducted a feasibility study to assess the congregation’s readiness for a capital campaign. The capital campaign then began in April 2017 and more than $1 million was raised in just 10 months.
“Thank you to all the generous members of our parish who have partnered financially in support of the Widen the Walls campaign,” campaign co-chair Leo Soorus said in a statement earlier this year. “Because of the generosity and belief in the ministries and mission of our church by the entire congregation, we believe we can move forward with our expansion. We can build a larger and more accessible narthex. We can build more Christian formation space. We can upgrade existing facilities and add an elevator. We can serve more as we live out our vision and our mission.”
The initial steps consisted of removing the exterior of the nave and removing the sanctuary’s stained-glass windows, which have been safely stored at Statesville Stained Glass. Extensive progress was made during the summer months with the walls going up in June and the roof being put on in August.
The project is now nearing its end date as St. Peter by-the-Lake expects construction to wrap up some time in the first quarter of 2019.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
It’s been more than five years since Holy Spirit announced its campaign to raise $4 million for the construction of a brand-new church.
The need is obvious given that the existing church is nearly 100 years old and the number of registered families has doubled to nearly 700 since 2006. Thousands of new homes planned for the Denver area in the coming years has also driven the need for a larger facility.
The plans currently call for a new church building with a traditional cruciform plan in the Gothic style that will seat 750-900 parishioners, according to documents found on the church website. The arrangement of the church would also be traditional, with the sanctuary being the main focus. The plans also include significant vestibule space, gathering space for fellowship after mass and more than 350 parking spaces.
The new church will be built behind the existing structure that fronts N.C. 16 Business and will connect to the existing multipurpose room that is set further back on the property.
A significant portion of the $4 million needed to build the new church has now been raised. The design of the new church was recently approved, and Holy Spirit is set to break ground on its new facility in the fall of 2020.
The church is holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Jan. 19 to support the building of the new building.
Lake Forest Church - WestLake
Lake Forest Westlake, which currently holds its services in the gymnasium at Lincoln Charter School’s Denver campus, is also in the process of raising funds to build a new, permanent home.
After nearly a year’s worth of research, Lake Forest has identified a 40-acre parcel of land near N.C. 16 at the intersection of Saint James Church Road and Kidville Road. The church is currently working to raise $800,000, which is the full amount needed to purchase the land and be debt-free before proceeding with the construction phase of the project.