Lynden's First Christian Reformed Church building more space

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 26, 2013 

Churchbuild

Strengholt Construction workers Ken Pedersen, left, and Derek Wiersma work on the expansion of the First Christian Reformed Church in Lynden Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. The building, which will house offices and meeting rooms, should be finished in March.

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LYNDEN - The 113-year-old First Christian Reformed Church is getting a new 6,000-square-foot addition.

The $850,000 expansion is on the north end of the church, which is at 1010 Front St.

"They've done a great job of designing it. It blends in with the original architecture very nicely," said Robert Woodyard, the church's senior pastor.

The new section will be two stories above ground, with a full basement - allowing for needed storage space in the basement along with larger offices, a library and a reception area on the ground floor.

A large activity area/youth center, small kitchen and prayer room will be on the second floor.

The addition will help replace an antiquated office space, where conversations could be heard between the walls.

"It wasn't conducive. It never was made to be an office," said Len Honcoop, building committee chairman.

The addition also will help accommodate a growing congregation.

"We have had a significant growth in the number of children in our church. Lots of babies are being born and so this partly anticipates the need for additional education and activity space," Woodyard said.

Woodyard added: "We want to expand and prepare well for ministry to the next generation."

Groundbreaking occurred in mid-August. The project could be completed by the end of March or the first part of April.

Strengholt Construction Co. in Lynden is the builder for the project.

Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com.

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