The heart of any church is the sanctuary. Ours seats about 320 people including the balcony. Most agree that it is a very beautiful space with raked pews at a slight angle to one another. There is an excellent sound system mixed from a station on the balcony. In addition there is a permanently installed digital projector and screen and recording capabilities. A fine Yamaha grand piano provides the lion’s share of accompaniment.
Our library, which is just off the sanctuary, provides a private space with a large viewing window into the sanctuary and and an adjustable speaker to be able to hear and see what is going on. This space can allow you to comfort or play with your child and still be a part of the service. We expect a certain amount of sound from kids and you don’t need to rush off to this space at the first sound.
This sanctuary is rented for many concerts and community events. Of course, not every event will be suitable for the sanctuary. Contact the office at 250.832.3860 if you are interested. Additionally, visit www.nexus1.org to see the upcoming events in this space.
The church hall served as the sanctuary from 1960 to 1987 when the new sanctuary was dedicated. It is a pleasant and serviceable room that can seat about 200 in a pinch with moveable seating. There is a small stage at one end and the well equipped kitchen is at the other end. Painted on the floor is a labyrinth, an ancient device to provide a kind of “walking meditation”.
The older section of the church, containing the kitchen and hall, is on two floors. The upper floor has a variety of rooms for meetings and other programs. These spaces are used for both church programs and by community groups. At this time, the upstairs is beginning to undergo remodelling. We hope to have more information available soon!
Unfortunately, the upper floor is not entirely accessible yet for wheelchairs and other physical handicaps. At present there are two short sets of steps to access it from Fourth Street. The inside stairs has a chair lift installed to provide access to the upper hall. We have approved the reconstruction of the fourth street entrance to make it fully accessible and are working on funding to make this transformation.