Christ Church adds new auditorium to offer increased flexible space for worship, special events

 
Submitted by Elliott Peppers
Updated 11/8/2018 8:09 PM
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  • On Saturday, Nov. 24, Christ Church in Oak Brook will host an open house and dedication for its new 1,100-seat modern contemporary service space.

    On Saturday, Nov. 24, Christ Church in Oak Brook will host an open house and dedication for its new 1,100-seat modern contemporary service space. Courtesy of Christ Church

Christ Church in Oak Brook now has a 1,100-seat modern contemporary service space to complement its 1,100-seat classic worship sanctuary and is inviting the public to an open house and dedication service of the church's new expanded space as well as a building tour from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at York and 31st in Oak Brook.

The church has been growing out of its previous contemporary worship space over the years as attendance increased. This new space will allow for more attendees at its contemporary services as well as provide an option for area business conferences and special ministry events.

Features of the new auditorium include 1,100 seats in both an amphitheater and flat-floor configuration; three 19- by 11-foot LED screens; state-of-the-art sound and lighting; multiple seating arrangements for traditional chairs, theater seats, couches, cafe tables, and bar-height tables configured with outlets for phones and computers.

Renovations of the Oak Brook location also include new entrances, glass sanctuary doors and a hospitality atrium; lobby improvements; a raised parking lot for better accessibility; new outdoor light fixtures which require less power; stone pavers for managing rainwater; and landscaping improvements.

Christ Church is unique in that it is a nondenominational church that offers both contemporary and classic styles of worship that fit into a myriad of faith backgrounds.

The open house and dedication service will celebrate a defining moment for the church. The tour will feature several points of interest including the new atrium and auditorium; the classic worship service sanctuary; narthex; and children's Discovery Center. There will be refreshments in the Garden Plaza and live music. A dedication service of gratitude will follow in the new auditorium at 5 p.m.

Christ Church serves a community of more than 6,000 people.

In addition to these new features at the Oak Brook location, it opened its first multisite location in Downers Grove in February. This growth, which also allowed the church to increase support to its mission partners globally and domestically, and expand major mission areas at both locations, was part a discipleship initiative named "Take Root," which aimed to strengthen the lives and faith of families with a focus on service to others.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about Christ Church, visit ChristChurch.us.

Founded in 1965, Christ Church is a multisite, nondenominational church in the Chicago suburbs with more than 6,000 members. Christ Church features a variety of inspiring worship options including traditional, classic communion and contemporary services. All people are offered the opportunity to build life-changing relationships with God and one another with a rich range of spiritual growth resources, and a selection of service ministries aimed at creating positive change in the world. Weekend services are held at the Oak Brook and Downers Grove locations, as well as via livestream at ChristChurch.us/online. The "Love Changes Life" broadcast program is on WPWR TV, WFLD TV, and WGN AM 720.

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