NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church of Newport Beach will celebrate their newly renovated campus at a Grand Opening Celebration and Dedication event happening at all worship services on March 18, 5:30 p.m., and Sunday 8:00, 9:30 and 11:11 a.m. Jon Batarse, Minister of Communications at St. Andrew's states, "As part of our 2020 vision, we are working on what we call 'Creating Space to Belong.' St. Andrew's is a place where you can belong and be free to be yourself. Whether you've never heard of St. Andrew's, you've been once or twice, or you've been part of our community since 1947, you're welcome here! Come relax, feel at home, and see the newly renovated campus at our Grand Opening and Celebration. All ages are invited."
"Part of the vision that launched two years ago is improving the campus to make it more inviting," Jon Batarse continued. "Our community is encouraged to simply come and enjoy the beautiful campus and just relax. We've opened a delicious café, serving the best of the best from our local community, like Kéan Coffee, Shirley's Bagels, Caliente, Black Market Bakery, Pressed Juicery, Thunderking Cold Brew and Cha Cha Kombucha."
Hundreds of students from local schools come to the church at all different times of the day. Many parents bring their children to the preschool on a daily basis, and rather than just leaving after drop-off or pick-up, parents will stay to have coffee with friends while their children enjoy the safe space to run around and play. "What we're seeing with the students is that they feel free to walk across the street, and they feel free to be themselves, to just hang out," Jon said. "That's important. God made each of us unique, so people should be free to be themselves, and to be who God created them to be. It's not just about the facility, but about the people in the church being inviting as well. Our congregation is stepping up to be as inviting as we've built our campus to be."
Besides the new Corner Café, changes include adding new multi-use spaces, an improved, organic children's play area, an open-air space called "the Well" that features a large water fountain wall, and plenty of inviting features and spaces for people of all ages to hang out and enjoy one another.
"We aren't adding square footage," Jon said. "We were very creative in the way we made previously uninviting, unusable, and unattractive spaces into very open, usable, flexible and welcoming spaces. "You need to come and see. You are invited to come and see."
To learn more, visit www.sapres.org or contact Jon Batarse, Minister of Communications, 949.574.2291.
About St. Andrew's Church of Newport Beach, CA
St. Andrew's has been in the Newport Beach community for 70 years. There are 4 weekly weekend worship services; Saturdays, 5:30 p.m., and Sundays, 8:00, 9:30 and 11:11 a.m. St. Andrew's is located at 600 St. Andrews Road, Newport Beach, CA 92663. www.sapres.org 949.574.2291.
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