Dear Cornerstone Family,
One reason Cornerstone Church has grown over the years is we've not been afraid of challenge and risk to attain the vision God has given us. Since 1990, Cornerstone has expanded to three campuses, and reaches nearly 2,500 people every week in worship services, CornerKids, and Cornerstone Student Ministries. In addition, we've been blessed to reach thousands more in the greater Grand Rapids and global communities in so many ways. Your impact has made such a difference!
We've experienced the growing pains that come with overcrowded spaces, and see the need for different kinds of spaces. Each of our campuses has very specific needs, mainly in the areas that impact our kids and student ministries. Worth It is about us addressing these areas of need.
This is a journey we started in 2018 and call Worth It. Since then, we've finished the renovation projects at South Wyoming and Heritage Hill, and are starting work on phase 1 of the 84th Street campus soon. See all of the updates below as well as get a glimpse of what's coming at 84th Street!
Thank you for your trust and support of the work we do. Without your support, none of this would be possible. Thanks for partnering with us in accomplishing the work God calls us to do! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have or ideas you would like to share at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all." -2 Corinthians 5:14 (NLT)
South Wyoming Renovation
We began by expanding our Worship Center. By knocking out some walls and taking over some classroom space, we were able to add additional seating and enlarge the stage area a bit. We were also able to create a green room and office.
A large addition was added to the building which included additional classroom space. These rooms will be able to be used for children, students and adults.
With the new addition, we were able to increase the size of the Hub. Before the addition, the Hub was crowded and interrupted flow both in and out of the building. The increased size of the Hub now allows for more activity and has resolved the issues of congestion and traffic flow in and out of the building.
Before the addition and the renovation, children who needed to use the bathroom had to be taken to the hub. This involved the need for additional adults so that students could be kept safe and monitored. With the renovation, we shrunk the size of the large kitchen and added children’s bathrooms off the Square. Now once students are in their classrooms, the Square can be locked down creating a much safer and more secure environment.
Finally, the size of the Square was right for us, so to keep that size after taking some space from the Square to enlarge the Hub, we added the same amount of space with the new addition by putting the classrooms along the perimeter and then using the center space for the Square.
Heritage Hill Renovation
New space was added to provide room for our growing student ministry program. Previously they would use the conference room space off the hub. This space was not adequate for the needs of the program and also limited us to when we could have the program. With the new addition, we now have space for our young adults to hang out in, study and grow together, have large group activities, and have a place designed with them in mind. The nice thing is this space is also useable for adult space as well.
The Cornerkids area received a major renovation. By removing an existing hallway, we were able to expand our rooms for nursery and toddlers, as well as create better space for the rest of our kids programming. The awkward space we once had is now better space to use to adequately handle the number of children we can accommodate as well as adding significant safety to this area.
The Heritage Hill kitchen and restrooms received renovations. These spaces were in desperate need of being updated. Our kitchen now functions better, and our restrooms are not only ADA compliant but are easier to use for everyone.
The Hub was renovated and became a larger space for fellowship. Traffic patterns were also improved so the flow in, out and around the building is much improved. The original conference space was made smaller and turned into two areas that can be used for greenroom space and small meeting areas.
The final renovation to Heritage Hill involved The Square. By removing the railings and putting in stairs, all spaces are more easily accessed and allow for better spacing for our elementary age students.
84th St. Plans
Our sights now turn to our 84th Street campus. In an effort to be good stewards of what God gives us, we began to re-evaluate what our space needs at 84th Street. With the onset of COVID, and the fact we had two major renovations going on, we had to put a pause on our 84th Street campus. We believe this was a God thing, as it gave us time to rethink our needs based on new information. During this reflective time, we have learned of several construction projects being planned for in both Caledonia and Byron Center. Both areas are experiencing significant growth. We also had begun a new program for 4th and 5th grades called Pre-teen, which impacted our space needs. With this new information, we brought all personnel together and had another session on determining what we envisioned for the future of Cornerstone. This also gave us an opportunity to work with Pastor Ken to make sure we had his input as we began to plan for the future. After several meetings, we have come up with a two-phase plan for the 84th Street campus.
Phase 1 will be a smaller addition, approximately 1900 square feet, on the north side of our Worship Center that will be a Tech suite. The new addition will provide for studio space to create content, a sound booth, storage, and production space. We will also renovate 1200 square feet of existing space to better meet our needs. The renovated space will include editing bays, office space, video booth, collaboration/conference space and equipment storage. What we learned both from our COVID experience and from our needs assessment with the staff was that our tech needs would steadily increase with our plans, and we first needed to be ready with the infrastructure if we wanted to be successful in the future.
Phase 2 is still in the early planning stages. We hope to complete phase 1 before we would begin phase 2. Due to our continued planning, I can provide some high-level views of phase 2. This phase will involve a larger open space for use with children, student, adults, and community. It will include break out spaces for small group interactions and studies, storage, restrooms, and a small office area. I anticipate some tweaks to this, but big picture wise this will give you some ideas of what we are thinking.