[Richmond Times-Dispatch] St. David's Episcopal Church in Chesterfield County began the new year in an expanded building with greater visibility to passers-by.
According to a report in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the church has doubled in size with a 5,800-square-foot addition that includes a fellowship hall with a new kitchen, a commons area, and a new entrance featuring a Celtic cross designed in ceramic floor tile.
The addition to the 32-year-old church building was completed in the fall, the Rev. Phillip R. Glick, St. David's rector, told the newspaper.
St. David's, which is part of the Diocese of Southern Virginia, has about 250 members. It was founded in 1968 and first met in a community center.
Church members raised nearly $600,000 for the expansion and secured additional donations in goods and services, the newspaper reported.
"Parishioners painted the entire interior -- we saved several thousand dollars," Glick said. "We did our landscaping. You'd walk in on a Saturday and find 25 to 30 people painting, raking, re-siding."
Previously, the sanctuary doubled as a fellowship hall, so all the chairs would have to be moved when there were congregational meals, Glick said.
Members plan to re-side the rest of the older building this year, the newspaper reported.
"A lot of people have been caught up in the enthusiasm of making this a reality," Glick said. "The people of St. David's have stepped out in faith, and God has been there."