In 2012 we received the generous gift of a building and land near McHenry. The former home of the Haystacks Restaurant, the building has quickly become our home. With high ceilings, skylights, and plenty of windows, the space is surprisingly well-suited for worship and is flexible enough to allow many other uses as well. On nearly four acres with trees, a grassy lawn, and plenty of parking, both indoor and outdoor space are both useful and beautiful. We also rent our spaces for weddings, meetings, and other events.
We have big plans for our home. We’ve already outgrown our worship space, and our classrooms and nursery are getting crowded as well. We imagine building a new sanctuary incorporating green building materials and ecologically sustainable systems. We’ve planted a small garden that we hope to expand to become a source of produce for our neighbors and local food banks. We anticipate re-certifying the commercial kitchen and making it available for rent to those who would like to sell local food products but need a commercial kitchen in which to prepare them, cooking classes of all kinds, maybe even for up-and-coming caterers who occasionally need a place to prepare for a large event. We want a space that is fully accessible to all ages and abilities as well. (Right now, the main floor is fully accessible, but our downstairs classrooms are inaccessible to those who cannot negotiate stairs.)