We have been happy and grateful to God for the building we have been leasing since 2006, but with His blessings, our church has grown, and we have become too crowded in our temporary home. With God's help, we will build a new church, and we expect actual construction to begin this year, 2018!
This page will log our progress, with the beginning of our story at the bottom, and the most recent post at the top, just below:
Dear Faithful of Holy Cross,
I am excited to be able to share with you a brief update about our building design process, which will show you some of what we have accomplished since we last shared a status update at the meeting in November. We are currently making excellent progress towards our ultimate design by working with our builder, RPM Partners, to translate our vision for the major exterior features and general shape and layout of the buildings into plans.
The current version (see above), which is NOT a final design, represents the changes that have been made over the past several weeks and serves as a sort of snapshot in time of our design process. I want to emphasize that what you see here is not final, including the dome shape, cross design and height, windows, and other details. In fact, many of the exterior finishes and all of the colors are builder-selected neutral placeholders that show where a door may be or where there could be brick or siding, but will not even be discussed, let alone finalized, until later in the process. However, we expect to be arriving at a final design relatively quickly, as the committee has been able to build consensus around the major features and functions, and our builder has expressed confidence that we are progressing well towards our goal.
Some of the next steps in the process include:
Please continue to pray for the process and the people involved in it, and thank you for your continued support.
On January 9 we met again with our builder and reviewed progress so far, tentative aspects of designs, meetings with the city of Kernersville, etc..
After so many years of hoping, researching, planning, preparing and praying, On November 2, 2017, at last we had our first meeting with the builders, initiating the actual path toward building our new church – we hope to begin actual construction this year!
Our parish was established to be a beacon of Holy Orthodoxy, offering English-language services to all people of all origins in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. God has blessed this mission! From an initial group of 25 people, we have grown to 100+ people attending Divine Liturgy. We provide classes for inquirers and catechumens, and have baptized and chrismated many dozens of new members of the faithful since our founding. Our flourishing church school and youth group help our children grow in fellowship, service, and love of their faith. We have a large number of children who benefit from our educational and social activities, including our new youth group for teens. We continue to see new folks arrive and engage in all areas of parish life. By the grace of God, “... the Lord added to their number day by day” (Acts 2:47).
We have been very happy and grateful for the building we began leasing in 2006, but as the parish has grown, the need for space has become increasingly pressing. Being crowded is a blessing, but also a persistent inconvenience during both worship and fellowship hour. We decided we needed a new home, with more room to welcome all who God brings to us.
We did research, talked together, prayed together, and finally all agreed to find a central location that would accomodate all of us as well as possible, and be available to people all across the Triad. After long searching, we found and unanimously voted to purchase land in Kernersville, in an excellent central Triad location. Through personal donations, fundraising efforts and assistance from the Diocese, the land has been fully paid off! We then mounted a successful Capital Campaign (please see our Raising the Cross website!), and we are expecting to begin building our new temple in 2018!
Our goal is to build both church and fellowship hall at the same time, so that we will be able to enjoy a full parish life in the new facilities as soon as they are built. The proposed church will accommodate 250 worshippers, and its design will reflect the breadth of Orthodox heritage reflected in our diverse membership. The fellowship hall will feature sit-down dining for 200 people, along with restrooms, classrooms, an office, and a kitchen suitable for shared community meals and events. The new interior spaces will include essential furnishings and equipment, with opportunities in future years to add iconography. Outside, we hope to build a fenced playground, along with parking and landscaping which enhance the property’s accessibility and beauty.