The Berean footprint is growing again. On January 17, 2016, Berean broke ground on the largest and most costly expansion of our facilities in the history of the church.
When everything is fully funded and finished, Berean will have twenty-two new classrooms, ten of which will be functional for our nursery and preschool. We will have a second gymnasium with 6,400 square feet of multi-purpose, recreation space for the church and school. A commercial kitchen and new cafeteria have been designed and will be built once the project is fully funded. This project gives us a large, beautiful entrance facing Cliffdale Road, library space, another computer lab, a second teacher workroom, four music practice rooms and additional office space. All in all, we will gain nearly 35,000 square feet for children and adult ministries.
With this expansion, our Academy’s enrollment could be as high as 600 students. We can add 300 adults and children to our 9.30 am Sunday school program. Our Awana program will have incredible space every Wednesday night. Literally, thousands of people will benefit from this project over the next fifty years of church history, should the Lord tarry His return for His people.
When this project is complete, the entire elementary school will relocate into this brand new space, and the middle school and senior high school will occupy the main Academy building.
To date, 85% of the project is funded, but we need to raise $1 million dollars to finish the project. In the beginning, every effort was made to keep the project at $5 million. One of the most significant factors in driving the cost of the project over $5 million was the need for an underground storm water collection point. Because of the size limitations in the parking lot, we were forced to collect storm water underground instead of the standard above ground pond. Nearly $600,000 of the project is being spent on outside work including parking, storm water collection point, landscaping, lighting etc. In addition to this cost, other factors include changes in the cost of the materials between when the project was initially bid and the time the city approved the project.
A Legacy of Generosity
In order to recognize the generosity of people and businesses toward this project, the new building will contain a wall where the names of individuals or organizations will be permanently recognized on special bricks. We are calling this wall our Legacy Wall. Imagine a massive brick wall with the names of thousands of donors displayed! We will have a special section for our “Friends of Education” supporters. This section of the Legacy Wall will recognize those individuals and businesses who gave because they appreciate the contribution the Academy makes to Fayetteville.
A donation of $500 purchases one 4x8 inch brick, and a donation of $1,000 purchases one 8x8 inch brick. A special section of the wall will be made up of the 8x8 inch bricks. Each brick can have your name or the name of a loved one engraved on it. Some who want to remain anonymous are having their favorite Bible reference engraved instead of a name. View the commitment card which contains information on how you can have your brick engraved. The easiest way to pay for your brick(s) is through E-giving. You do not have to have an account; you can register as a guest to make your payment. You can also make a check out to Berean Baptist Church, put "Legacy Wall" on the memo line and drop it in the mail. In either case, please print and complete the commitment card and ensure that gets to the church office so we can record how you want your brick to be engraved.