Downtown Tulsa Church Completes Multi-Million Dollar Renovation For Kids
TULSA - A downtown Tulsa church has recently finished a multi-million dollar renovation all for kids.
This $14 million project at First Baptist Church was entirely paid for by donations within the church.
First Baptist Church officially opened the doors to their new building nearly two years after they broke ground. A large crowd gathered to celebrate the completion of this unique facility.
The 80,000 square foot building brings three floors of new space inside the church just for kids and a forth floor for weddings and other events.
"We were out of space in our old building which is a great problem for a downtown church to have. So we've added lots of flexible classroom space for kids," said First Baptist Church Chief Operations Officer, Bobby Hart.
Planning for the new building started more than four years ago.
The 100-year-old building has seen family after family come through the doors, but Hart says it was time for an upgrade, and is thankful for the support.
"The largest capital campaign we've done in our history before this one was seven million dollars. So this is double what we've ever been able to do before. People in First Baptist really stepped up," he said.
The new look is an attention grabber for people, with a playground next to the front door. Inside there are reading nooks, a children's library, classrooms and worship space.
"For people to drive by and see the front door of our church be a playground, hopefully it says we want young families to be here and we want children to be here because they are important to us," said Debbie Thompson.
Hart said they really wanted to make kids their top priority for this project.
The facilities are for babies through children in the fifth grade.