10264532_762986820387038_5435164478237125550_nAfter only being a church for a little over two years (we started June 2011 with twenty people), we purchased our building November 1st, 2013. You can watch our original video tour here where we introduced it all, and see what the bare bones of the building looked like.

We held our first service on Easter Sunday – April 20, 2014. God answered so many prayers. Over 530 people attended this service, including many members from the former Pilgrim Congregational Church. It was standing room only. People sat on the floor in the front.

1517492_762987240386996_1348537357898574810_nIt was – and is – a testimony to his goodness. This is the fruition of answered prayers, hard work, generous gifts, sweat equity, incredible providence and amazing grace. Come join us on a Sunday and see for yourself.  All are welcome regardless of personal or religious background. City Pres is here for the convinced and the unconvinced, the lost, the found, the burned, bored, cynical and the spiritual. We invite you, no matter where you are in the process, to City Pres.

We want to use our building generously. We want our be a people that uses its tangible assets to love God, love people and love the city. We want this space to help other.

We’ve hosted graduations, baccalaureates, town hall meetings, Q Commons, concerts, benefit dinners, birthday parties, office retreats, band practices, AA meetings, food coops, Bible studies, and much more.

This building was built in 1920 by Park Congregational Church, which soon became Pilgrim Congregational Church. You can learn more about this property on the wikipedia page.

1511741_10102190575316397_8900465461864264410_oThis property sits at a key location. It lies next to both Heritage Hills and low-income housing. It adjoins the growing Midtown area, and is only a mile from downtown. Its proximity to these locations, and its historic, majestic architecture make it a perfect fit for our church. We want to welcome all people into walking with Jesus with us. Our prayer is that will always be an inviting building that will meet the needs of all around us, and any who might come visit us. We want City Pres to be a church that is rooted in its location, but is serving those in our city – and planting churches all over the city.

[Doug blogged about the building here.]