by Rick Schoenhardt
Winston Churchill once observed that we form buildings and then they form us. The character of the barn has had an influence on how we feel and act.
Certain design principles have guided adaptation of the barn, and additions:
1- Preserve the very nature of the barn: welcoming, warm and unpretentious.
2- Use modest materials, and recycled furnishings.
3- Organize spaces to cause people to interact.
4- Avoid the use of crosses for decoration.
Worship space - Place the Communion Table, which joins us together in Christ, in the center for the people to gather around. Suspend a cross above, sized to human dimensions. Let the people be seated to face one another to pray and sing and acknowledge our unity.
The Hayloft - The character of the original structural framing and exterior siding was preserved by insulating on the exterior and providing additional stud framing and wood shingles.
Celebration Hall - The Building Committee directed the architect (me) to design a space for youth and Church social activities. The Hayloft was loved and expected to continue for worship services. However, it became evident that the new area was needed. Some sound absorption materials were added. The windows are high to allow for possible rooms to be added on the perimeter. The principles of the Hayloft worship plan were followed as much as possible.
Welcome Room - As Celebration Hall became our worship space, a gathering space for use before and after was needed. The Jr. High room was converted. The location was convenient for access to parking, and the design created an exterior focal point.
The Lord has been our true guide and I’m grateful for the privilege and pleasure of being the Barn’s architect for these 60 years.