Vineyard Church breaks ground on $1.1 million facility |

Vineyard Church breaks ground on $1.1 million facility

Staff reports

Vineyard Church of the Rockies, at 1450 Westwood Drive, celebrated the groundbreaking of a $1.1 million facility July 13 with burgers, hot dogs and watermelon.

The 8,200-square-foot building, which is scheduled to be completed by January 2015, will include a larger auditorium, lobby, café and space for kids and teens.

"We're looking forward to our grand opening and inviting the community out," said Jack English, pastor of the church's Windsor campus.

According to English, the current building is just too small.

"Our kids are in a temporary modular space and it will be nice to have a permanent place for them," he said.

The new building will also host an educational daycare center for the community of Windsor during the week.

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The construction is part of a 3-year, $1.5 million capital campaign started in 2012 with an unusual commitment: to elevate the cause of kids and teens in the church.

Lead Pastor Rick Olmstead said the vision is to, "Embrace kids and teens as full partners in God's mission. We want to raise up and invest in the next generation in Windsor."

So far the church has raised more than $1.1 million during the campaign.

"We're excited about taking the next step serving the community of Windsor," Olmstead said. "We really want to grow with and serve the community."

Vineyard Church of the Rockies, with campuses in Fort Collins and Windsor, is a non-denominational church of 1,500 people. It boasts a casual atmosphere, free local gourmet coffee, and contemporary rock music.

The Windsor campus was started in 2007 and averages 200 people at its weekly services on Sundays at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

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