Korene Lanxon, our Special Needs Coordinator, once said, “God welcomes His people into His kingdom regardless of earthly abilities, and we need to emulate the same concept at our church doors.” It has been a blessing to host the Arc, and we want to continue for many years; however, this experience has brought to light that our facility is accessibility deficient.
Part of Momentum is going towards the initial phase of a new facility in North Liberty. One of the goals of the Grace’s Building Committee is to provide a space that is welcoming and has no obstacles entering into the facility. This means integrating the concept of universal design, a space designed to be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.
In the meantime, it has been amazing to see our facility used by the Arc. We do not want to be a Sunday-only facility. We want to be open throughout the week for our community. We want to be a place where high school students from Liberty High can hang out in after-school programming, or where trade workers can eat their lunches during the business hours to get out of the weather. We want to be a place where new people moving to the corridor area find hope, help, and restoration through Jesus Christ. A place where people can learn more about talents and gifts God has given them to counsel and motivate others. A place that is not a monument but a mobilization center. We aren’t there yet. We need to be the church to get there together.