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New Life Church plans campus expansion

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New Life Church is looking to become more community-oriented with a new expansion to its campus.

The project, planned to begin next spring, will add 14,757 square feet of space to the existing church on Bailey Road.

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The Woodbury City Council voted July 14 to approve the expansion plan. The $2 million expansion project will add a two-level family ministry center to the northwest corner of the building. The new center will include a large multi-purpose room capable of seating 150 people, which can be converted to a small gymnasium for sports and will have a coffee/social area for the parish.

The new space is designed to be expandable, church officials said. Garage doors will allow the coffee gathering area to be connected for a coffee house venue, or be closed for separate large group meetings. It will be equipped with audio/visual elements to allow for presentations or a movie night event.

New Life Church also plans to use its current youth ministry building in a different way as soon as construction ends. The residential home, located at the northwest corner of Bailey Road and Lydia Lane, is planned to be used as a place for visiting missionaries to stay. The single-family home was once the home of church founders Dick and Patty Wiens.

New Life Church official Mary Towner said funds for the expansion project came from contributions from congregation members.

"This last year, when we expanded the scope of the project to that of a family ministry center, we received significant additional support," Towner said. "So we've been on a journey to raise funds and to work with our architects to plan for the best use of space."

Towner said the project will also benefit New Life Academy, the K-12 parochial school built adjoining the church.

"With (New Life Academy) being a part of (New Life Church), we have a very high utilization rate of our facilities," she said. "We see this family ministry center as being a continuation of that."

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