HONESDALE – A grand opening and ribbon cutting will take place tomorrow for The Vineyard Center, 761 Terrace Street from 5-8 p.m.
There will be tours of the building, food and activities for children.
“It's an opportunity for the public to see how we'll help with needs of the community,” said Reverend Michael Lyle for the First Presbyterian Church in Honesdale. “All are welcome.”
Their mission statement is "building relationships with God and one another."
The 11-acre property is owned by the First Presbyterian Church. It will meet the needs of the growing church while also providing opportunities to continue reaching out into the community.
With the growth of the church, they are running out of space.
“Around five years ago we had a talk about what it would mean to the community,” Lyle said about the center. “Through discussions we decided to build a place that could meet the needs of community.”
The Vineyard Center will offer various programs and activities for the community including Christian outreach, bible studies, day care and preschool.
Lyle said the preschool at the church currently has around 28 four-year-olds and 21 three-year-olds.
The Vineyard Center will also offer an after school program to kids in junior high. There will be tutoring available, a cafe and game room that includes foosball and ping pong tables.
“There's a lot available for kids after school,” Lyle stated.
Another activity that will be offered is the fifth quarter, which will take place after football games.
Lyle said there will be events for kids such as games and movies and there will be free food. He added there is a large screen they can use for movies.
The Vineyard Center currently houses the Honesdale Emergency Food Pantry.
There is a large gymnasium that currently houses two volleyball courts, one tennis court and a basketball court.
“We are having talks about having a volleyball league for 20-30 year olds and a basketball league,” Lyle said. “The sky is the limit. We are hoping we can fill a void.”
He added he's been with the church for seven years and has heard over and over that there's nothing for kids to do.
“We hope having activities for kids can also help build a relationship with God,” Lyle stated. “We want to build relationships with the community.
“It [The Vineyard Center] is a place people can gather. It will also be available for meetings and some groups are already utilizing it.”
He said there's a stage for productions, a state of the art kitchen and the cafe has high table chairs. Upstairs, there is worship and movie space.
“The facility is set up for what we want to do,” Lyle said. “We are establishing building relationships in the community.”
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