Currently Life Church in Portlaoise has over 200 people who regularly attend our worship services not including new visitors. About 50% of the regular attenders are children and 50% adults. Our current building is only built to handle 150 people at a time, so we currently run two Sunday worship services every week.
In order to better steward the use of the facilities we currently occupy we felt that it would be beneficial to make an upgrade to our two large classrooms upstairs. These two classrooms upstairs are used for children’s ministry classes for Soaring Eagles (ages 4-7) and Roaring Lions (ages 8-11), Youth Meetings every second Sunday during the second service and for small group gatherings and prayer meetings all taking place on Sunday mornings. This has put a strain on the rooms and is awkward at times when multiple groups desire to use the same room at the same time.
We believe it would be wise to build two internal walls in each large room to create four rooms out of the current two large rooms. The two additional new smaller rooms would then be available for use by the Youth group, study groups, prayer groups, and nursing mothers during the Sunday services. During the week the rooms could be utilized for fellowship, pastoral counselling, conference rooms, study, prayer, etc.