Last week’s Wednesday Night Alive at the Edmond Campus had a little more excitement in the air as St. Luke’s members gathered for the Grand Opening of the Youth and Music expansion.
“This is truly a place where you can come as you are, come as who you are, and just have a good time. Have fun!” Sarah Cohea, the Edmond Director of Youth Ministry, said.
The 3,000 square-foot Youth Room is quite a contrast from the preschool classrooms that used to be transformed every Sunday morning to accommodate the “big kids.”
“It was two-and-a-half years ago when we began this capital campaign with the vision that said we needed to provide a space for our youth,” Rev. Josh Attaway, the Edmond Campus Pastor, told the crowd. “We needed to have a space where youth are excited to come and be able to spend their time growing in their faith, serving in their community, and learning the importance of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.”
The Youth Praise Band entertained friends and family who clapped along and cheered. Some of the girls in the band had all of two months of experience playing their instrument. “They’ve worked so hard,” Edmond Director of Hospitality, Logan Fish, said. “They brought something special into this new space that we have and we’re so grateful. It’s just amazing.”
Soon after, the Edmond Choir performed for everyone across the hallway in the new Music Room. It’s a little over 1,000 square feet, which is plenty of room to fit all the choir robes, chairs, music stands… and a recently donated, six-foot Kawai Grand Piano.
“It’s such an amazing addition, and we’re so grateful for it,” Candace Fish, the Edmond Director of Traditional Worship, said. “Now that we have this space, we’re going to be able to grow our music ministry and we’re ready to go wherever God leads us. We know that His plans are bigger than anything we could ever imagine, and we’re excited to continue.”
Both the Youth and Music additions were completed nearly six months after groundbreaking. The project was paid in cash through gifts from the St. Luke’s family of faith with no additional debt to the church.
“To all who have given, all who have sacrificed, all who have made this space possible,” Josh said, “thank you for what you have done.”