West Highland Baptist Church set for a very special Thanksgiving

News Oct 05, 2016 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The Thanksgiving services at the West Highland Baptist Church will have extra special meaning this year.

Sunday’s 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. gatherings are expected to be the first services in the newly completed church sanctuary, part of the Garth Street church’s 18-month, $7.3 million expansion and renovation that is slated to wrap up in the next few weeks.

“I think it will be a very special moment for the church said John Mahaffey, lead pastor at West Highland. “The last couple of weeks I think a lot of us have been like kids in a candy shop, there’s so much change almost every hour.”

The expansion, which includes a new main lobby and café along with more classroom and meeting room space, a commercial kitchen and a 350 seat fellowship hall, doubled the size of the church from about 34,000 square-feet to 68,000 square feet.

“We’re on schedule for completion at the end of October and on budget,” said Steven Oswald, a church parishioner and project manager.

He noted carpeting and 692 chairs were to be installed in the sanctuary late last week.

The church had been holding services amidst the construction in the sanctuary that can hold about 1,000 people, including the balcony pews.

Oswald said crews are still working on the choir room, lobby area and the third floor audio-visual room.

Mahaffey noted $38.50 in change was found when the old pews were taken apart and removed and the money has been added to the building fund.

With about 1,400 people currently using church programs, Mahaffey said the new space will enable them to better serve their growing congregation.

“It gives every ministry we have its own space,” Mahaffey said.

The church will hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. and there will be only a single service on that Sunday.

West Highland Baptist Church dates back to 1972 when a group of supporters began to talk about forming a new church to serve the growing population on the west Mountain.

The church’s first ministry centre was at the corner of Garth and Limeridge Road with space for up to 225 people.

By the early ‘80s the church was running out of space and 2.8 hectares (seven acres) of land was purchased for a new church at its current location on Garth Street near Rymal.

The new church opened in May 1987 and another 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres) of land was purchased in 2006 for an anticipated expansion.

 

West Highland Baptist Church set for a very special Thanksgiving

$7.3 million expansion nearly complete

News Oct 05, 2016 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The Thanksgiving services at the West Highland Baptist Church will have extra special meaning this year.

Sunday’s 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. gatherings are expected to be the first services in the newly completed church sanctuary, part of the Garth Street church’s 18-month, $7.3 million expansion and renovation that is slated to wrap up in the next few weeks.

“I think it will be a very special moment for the church said John Mahaffey, lead pastor at West Highland. “The last couple of weeks I think a lot of us have been like kids in a candy shop, there’s so much change almost every hour.”

The expansion, which includes a new main lobby and café along with more classroom and meeting room space, a commercial kitchen and a 350 seat fellowship hall, doubled the size of the church from about 34,000 square-feet to 68,000 square feet.

“We’re on schedule for completion at the end of October and on budget,” said Steven Oswald, a church parishioner and project manager.

He noted carpeting and 692 chairs were to be installed in the sanctuary late last week.

The church had been holding services amidst the construction in the sanctuary that can hold about 1,000 people, including the balcony pews.

Oswald said crews are still working on the choir room, lobby area and the third floor audio-visual room.

Mahaffey noted $38.50 in change was found when the old pews were taken apart and removed and the money has been added to the building fund.

With about 1,400 people currently using church programs, Mahaffey said the new space will enable them to better serve their growing congregation.

“It gives every ministry we have its own space,” Mahaffey said.

The church will hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. and there will be only a single service on that Sunday.

West Highland Baptist Church dates back to 1972 when a group of supporters began to talk about forming a new church to serve the growing population on the west Mountain.

The church’s first ministry centre was at the corner of Garth and Limeridge Road with space for up to 225 people.

By the early ‘80s the church was running out of space and 2.8 hectares (seven acres) of land was purchased for a new church at its current location on Garth Street near Rymal.

The new church opened in May 1987 and another 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres) of land was purchased in 2006 for an anticipated expansion.

 

West Highland Baptist Church set for a very special Thanksgiving

$7.3 million expansion nearly complete

News Oct 05, 2016 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The Thanksgiving services at the West Highland Baptist Church will have extra special meaning this year.

Sunday’s 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. gatherings are expected to be the first services in the newly completed church sanctuary, part of the Garth Street church’s 18-month, $7.3 million expansion and renovation that is slated to wrap up in the next few weeks.

“I think it will be a very special moment for the church said John Mahaffey, lead pastor at West Highland. “The last couple of weeks I think a lot of us have been like kids in a candy shop, there’s so much change almost every hour.”

The expansion, which includes a new main lobby and café along with more classroom and meeting room space, a commercial kitchen and a 350 seat fellowship hall, doubled the size of the church from about 34,000 square-feet to 68,000 square feet.

“We’re on schedule for completion at the end of October and on budget,” said Steven Oswald, a church parishioner and project manager.

He noted carpeting and 692 chairs were to be installed in the sanctuary late last week.

The church had been holding services amidst the construction in the sanctuary that can hold about 1,000 people, including the balcony pews.

Oswald said crews are still working on the choir room, lobby area and the third floor audio-visual room.

Mahaffey noted $38.50 in change was found when the old pews were taken apart and removed and the money has been added to the building fund.

With about 1,400 people currently using church programs, Mahaffey said the new space will enable them to better serve their growing congregation.

“It gives every ministry we have its own space,” Mahaffey said.

The church will hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. and there will be only a single service on that Sunday.

West Highland Baptist Church dates back to 1972 when a group of supporters began to talk about forming a new church to serve the growing population on the west Mountain.

The church’s first ministry centre was at the corner of Garth and Limeridge Road with space for up to 225 people.

By the early ‘80s the church was running out of space and 2.8 hectares (seven acres) of land was purchased for a new church at its current location on Garth Street near Rymal.

The new church opened in May 1987 and another 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres) of land was purchased in 2006 for an anticipated expansion.