Houston's Oldest has Renovated for Houston's Youngest
Imagine your home being 103 years old. Houston’s First Methodist, founded 174 years ago, decided a year ago to remodel the first floor of the building. Read about this transformational process – without incurring debt.
“To give you an idea about the age of our church building, our lobby used to be a porch,” says Rev. Ann Spears, who serves in the area of Worship and Connection. “Since we have never had a true gathering space, we made the decision a year ago to prepare for tomorrow’s generation – today.” She is excited about the new Lexan covering on the Sanctuary windows, the columbarium on the Main Street Porch, the outside ramp and entrance way, new stairwell to the Fellowship Hall, fireplace and bride’s room, chapel, state-of-the-art restrooms, open lobby and gathering area and bookstore. “We feel the crown jewel of our remodeling effort is the colorful Main Street Park, an indoor park with a train on which children can play.”
First Methodist recognizes that children worship differently and has thus provided a fun atmosphere that engages their senses and creates excitement. At the new Main Street Gazebo, they will learn about God through music, puppet shows, and digital media.
Amy Garner, Director of Children & Family, says, “We sought to create a non-threatening and exciting space for children to learn about the God that loves them. The idea was to create a space that sparks an interest in children and assures parents that their children will be loved in their absence. Our families are excited to bring their children to us! We have seen a rise in our attendance numbers. We have been steadily growing for a few years now. “
Adds Amy, “We are able to offer weekday programming now that attracts parents that might never have walked through our doors. I have even seen a rise in parents coming back who left us previously to attend other churches. Parents today want the best for their children, and by putting children first, we show them that so does God!”