Sometimes I'm amazed at our church family. We go to Metro Morningstar here in Northern Virginia. Sure, we have a big vision of transforming the metropolitan Washington, DC area for Jesus Christ. But sometimes you hear those things and it goes in one ear and comes out the other. We've been a congregation for some 20 years without a building of our own. When we first started attending in July of 1994, there were about 30 members, we met in a chapel and, though there were amplifiers and microphones, we really didn't need them. Today we are a vibrant, diverse church family with three congregations in the Northern Virginia, downtown Washington, DC, and in Annapolis, Maryland. We've also helped plant churches in Philadelphia and in New York City.
In the last fews months, we purchased two properties, one a flex/warehouse facility to be used for small meetings, during the week meetings and church offices. And then there is the waterpark! Yes, I mean the waterpark! Our church has purchased the former "Planet Splash and Play" facility in Chantilly, Virginia.
The 5.5 acre site has a huge indoor roller rink, which will become our new sanctuary, and a go-cart track, which will be levelled to make room for classrooms. But the waterpark is staying, at least for now. We will be operating the park this summer.
Our pastor says that an unusual church needs unusual buildings. The Bible says in I Peter 2:9, "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light."