Faith Fellowship in Godfrey recently added a 6,000 square foot children’s wing to its building. Construction by Jun Construction took 18 months to complete; the addition features a nursery, toddler and pre-kindergarten rooms, and a large open area for children to participate in worship services.
GODFREY — Lights, computers and music … not necessarily the first thing people think of in a church service, but The Zone, a new children’s wing at Faith Fellowship, has all that and more.
The church, at 4719 Seminary Road, recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary with the 6,000-square-foot addition to the building. The new area includes a baby nursery, a toddler room, a pre-kindergarten room and a large center area where the children gather during worship.
“Every Sunday morning, the high school kids help lead worship for the younger kids, grades kindergarten through eighth, while the younger children are in the nursery,” Faith Fellowship senior pastor Dr. Daymond Talkington said. “It is a mentoring program and a creative way to encourage kids in their own faith as well as learn how to run audio-visual equipment and enhance worship with technology.”
Church members worked together to raise approximately $700,000 to build The Zone, and the project from conception to completion took only 18 months, as workers labored under makeshift shelters through the winter.
“Construction started in October of 2014 and finished on Aug. 1, 2015,” administrative assistant for Faith Fellowship (and Daymond’s wife) Cindy Talkington said. “The original design of our building called for an addition, so we did remodel a bit in the main building to allow for a walk-through to The Zone. You can’t really tell it was an addition; it looks like part of the original building.”
“The addition is 100 percent paid for and God really performed a miracle for this to happen,” Daymond Talkington added. “We celebrate God’s hand in this.”
The pastor says the church’s roots begin 10 years ago, when 42 members began meeting in private homes. Since then, they have worshipped at Alton Square Mall, Lewis and Clark Community College, Alton Little Theater and Alton High School. The church’s current home was built in 2010.
With 800 members and an average Sunday worship of 350 people, the need for expansion was inevitable. The non-denominational church recognized the importance of the next generation and providing an environment in which to thrive.
“It takes a village to raise a child, and we want to be that village that families turn to,” Talkington said. “The goal of the addition of The Zone has been to help families with children have a place to go, to feel comfortable and provide support and development.”
The pastor said Faith Fellowship makes connecting with youth a priority, including the challenge of keeping their attention.
“Worship (here) is a casual, high-tech atmosphere with today’s culture in mind,” he said. “The weekend service is creative, contemporary and compelling. We try to design a program that allows us to reach families where they are and help them grow and build a relationship with God.
“We must connect with (youth) and provide a positive message to them using the technology they are already using.”
Sunday worship is held from 10 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. and is open to everyone. For more information, call (618) 466-8510, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ffworship.com.