The Woodlands United Methodist Church breaks ground on Family Life Center

Published 03/22/2013

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas —The Woodlands United Methodist Church will have a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of its new Family Life Center on Sunday, April 14 at noon.

The groundbreaking ceremony will feature speeches from senior pastor Dr. Ed Robb, campaign chairmen Gary Laugharn and Mark Merrill, Architect Tom Lancaster, Brookstone Construction, and state and local dignitaries. Additionally, the event will have music, food available for purchase from Fostering Hope Café food truck, and activities for children including a “Touch-A-Truck” area with fire engines and construction vehicles, balloon animals, a sandpit play area and more.

Construction of the new Family Life Center is the first phase of construction in The Woodlands UMC’s greater Imagine campaign, significantly expanding its facilities dedicated to children’s ministries and family-focused activities. Enrollment in recreation and children’s programs at the church — including Upward Sports, Vacation Bible School, 6th grade Confirmation, and others — is at an all-time high. Construction of the Family Life Center will feature a gymnasium, library, and Sunday school classrooms to allow for future growth of these and other programs. The Woodlands Methodist School will also be located in the new Family Life Center, expanding to accommodate kindergarten through 6th grade.

The second and third phases of construction will feature expansions of the church’s Main Campus and Loft worship facilities. On the Main Campus, construction of a dedicated worship space for the Harvest contemporary service will create a warm, intimate atmosphere for that service and will allow for an additional traditional service in the church’s Main Sanctuary. An expansion of The Loft’s worship space will allow for a greater capacity; attendance at The Loft has tripled since opening its doors in 2006.

All construction will be completed over the next three years. Visit thewoodlandsumc.org/imagine for updates on construction progress and other information about the Imagine campaign.

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