Over the last few months, we have explored facets of our church status, and growth, that tie into our renovation explorations. We've gathered insights and opinions. We have researched costs, vendors, and timelines. We have discussed our goals for our church's programs, and we have envisioned possible futures. We are eager, and grateful, that God has given us the opportunity to refresh our campus to make our space more welcoming and attractive. 


This page proposes a consensus that makes wise use of resources, available gifts and talent, and encourages growth through beautification of our sanctuary. 



We initially considered three different interior concepts for our sanctuary, seen in thumbnails below. For extended photos and explanations of those proposed interior design concepts, click here.

  • "16-60" concept

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  • current church interior

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  • "5000" concept

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Then, we asked over 100 people to let us know which of the three interior concepts they thought would  communicate what Grace of God values, and resonate with visitorsNot only did the congregation at Grace of God provide feedback, but also friends, family, future members, and the general public let us know their thoughts. 


Here is a snapshot (as of 2/22/2023) of the responses:

Collaboration & Commitment

We are pleased to present a proposed "refresh" based on the feedback we received preferring the "16-60" concept. Because the below proposed interior makes use of available talent and encourages congregational participation, it reduces the amount of financial aid we may need to bring this to life. 

We can keep, and improve upon, the following aspects:

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    We will install new low-pile industrial carpeting (instead of a wooden, or tile floor), and ensure that the flooring has (decorative) markers to help us place seating where it should be.

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    We will retain the existing stained glass. We will emphasize the stained glass windows' arched top design by patching in a drywall “arch”.

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    We are repairing and refocusing our current lighting fixtures.


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    We leave the cement block behind the cross “as is.” We will apply wooden trim and wall paint to make a background to help emphasize the altar, ambo, and font.

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    We will continue to use printed bulletins to guide worship, because we will NOT make arrangements for high-tech projection installations.

The projects below suggest that we can make significant enhancements to our space by thoughtful use of our own talents, time, and treasures.



  • We leave the trimber-framing beams as is (we do not paint or refinish as seen in “5000” and “16-60” concepts). We may add an ornament to the termini of the beams where they meet the walls; and a local artisan may subtly paint Bible passages on the beams.


  • We can apply “Wainscoting” to hide and hold folding tables: fabric hung from a railing attached to the wall, which may be executed by local artisan & contractor.


  • We can hang large panes of colored glass in front of the existing side windows, with a local artist volunteering to draw biblical scenes and symbols on the colored glass.  In between the windows, we can also make smaller circular artworks for the liturgical year that can be executed by a “friends & family” artist volunteer(s).


  • We can have a local artist member of the church paint an altarpiece at only the cost of materials.


  • Custom chancel furniture may be executed at materials cost using volunteer labor from a woodworking member of the church. 

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    With upholstery chosen by our congregation, we have purchased beautiful new sanctuary seating (estimated arrival March 2024) that will give us the flexibility for our programs.

We will give the sanctuary walls a bold and beautiful new coat of paint. 


  • We can build custom “welcome area” shelves and announcement area in the entryway, but won't adjust the walls that define the restroom, or “A/V” room. 



  • We leave the “narthex wall” built as is, but give the narthex a new coat of paint and make sure the lightbulbs in the chandelier are lit. We will remove the big wooden doors to make the entry to the sanctuary more open and inviting. We have even enhanced the impact of the current mural in the entryway via our local artist.


  • To appear more welcoming, we will replace the solid steel door on the lower level, (and the solid steel door on the upper level) with doors that have windows.


  • We have purchased new seating for our lower-level gathering area that is inclusive of and accessible for all persons.