Ministry Space for the Common Good Blog Feature
Marian V. Liautaud

By: Marian V. Liautaud on November 04, 2016

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Ministry Space for the Common Good

Church Design | Managing Facilities

"And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday." — Isaiah 58:10

As the prophet Isaiah declared, we are called to give of our ourselves to serve the world in tangible ways. See how Holy Family Episcopal Church in Fishers, Indiana, worked with Aspen Group to better equip their ministry space for meeting the needs in the community.

New Kitchen Opens Door to Feeding the Community

A white-sided, steepled church with a signature Episcopal red door, Holy Family recently underwent a renovation of nearly the entire church. “Aspen touched everything from the sanctuary doors back. Everything is new or reconditioned,” says Father Mike Galvin, Rector at Holy Family.

The project signifies the congregation’s commitment to reach into the community and make the church a welcoming place for all. “We want to reach into the community and provide space for people in the area to use our church,” says Galvin.

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Food is a big focus for a lot of their events, and the little kitchen they had been using was totally inadequate for their needs. Though they wished they could have installed a bigger commercial kitchen, the church opted to install a warming kitchen—a more economical solution that allows them to still serve catered meals from a fully functional space.

“Two big opportunities we have locally are in feeding ministries,” says Galvin. “We work hand in hand with another area church, and now we’re looking to perhaps take another night and provide a feeding ministry here.”

Holy Family’s new parish hall also provides space for the church to assemble backpacks with school supplies for kids during their annual back-to-school drive, and other locally-focused opportunities throughout the year.

Community Garden Brings Together Local Residents

Along with changes to the inside of the building, Holy Family has taken other intentional steps to draw people from the community to the church, including an outdoor basketball hoop. Situated in a residential neighborhood, even this simple amenity has begun to draw neighbor kids to the church property, and so has their outdoor community garden. For $10 a year to cover the cost of water, up to 60 people can reserve a 10×20 plot. This simple use of their grounds serves as another meaningful way to draw non-members to the church.

What are some intentional ways you use your church facility to draw people in from the community and to share your space for the common good?


About Marian V. Liautaud

Marian served as Aspen's Director of Marketing from 2014 to 2021, sharing stories about how Aspen designs, builds, and furnishes space for ministry impact.