Township of Tyrone. — On Sunday, June 19, The Rock Church unveils its new 32,000 square foot facility on Linden Road, across from its main building. The grand opening will include services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
“We would like everyone in the community to feel welcome. No special clothes, they don’t need to know the rituals, they don’t need to have been to church before. They are welcome,” said Pastor Wes Morris.
The address is 11499 Linden Rd., Fenton, MI 48430. Attendees can expect a full house and to be hosted by The Rock Church. They will discover the history of the Congregation from 1955 to today. Morris said it will be an uplifting time of worship and show the hope of the gospel.
Church members often had to park on the lawn of their old building during events.
Parking will no longer be a problem. The new land has 350 parking spaces and the new building accommodates 1,200 people.
“We have a really great parking team and hospitality team. We have two entrances and exits on Linden Road. It will be a system test for sure and we expect to learn a few things we can do better. We expect that to go quite well with the capacity we have to park all the cars as well as the parking crew that will help people get in and out,” Morris said.
Rock Church has a congregation of approximately 1,500. Morris said they usually host 1,200 to 1,500 people over the weekend. When weekend services begin in the new facility, organizers will set up 800 seats in addition to children’s ministry and hold two sessions per weekend.
The new facility does not look like a typical church building.
“The interior is very much a cleaned-up warehouse style,” Morris said, adding that it has open ductwork, polished cement floors and exposed steel beams. “It’s only function rather than form. It’s a very functional tool to use for ministry. You won’t find much decor. You won’t find any stained glass, no steeples, no pews.
There are eight female cabins, six male cabins, three urinals and six family bathrooms.
Plans for the new facility have been underway since 2014, when they purchased the 52 acres opposite their main building on Linden Road. They cleared 12 acres of land in 2015 and construction began in 2020.
Morris said there was a combination of reasons it took so long to complete.
“We saved over $3 million before starting the project,” he said. “Then we had a few days. We changed construction companies along the way and completed the project with Rhoads & Johnson Construction in Fenton, along with the complications caused by the COVID pandemic,” he said.
Now that it’s done, Morris said: ‘It’s like an 800 pound gorilla is on our backs. That’s wonderful.”
The building cost around $3 million to construct.
“The congregation is extremely excited. They are looking forward to having more capacity, to having more seats to invite people to come. They are thrilled that they no longer have to park on the lawn and they are optimistic about the Lord’s use of the building in the days to come,” he said.