CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After about a decade of leasing and renting space, the United Disciples of Christ Church is officially in its new home.
The congregation held its first service in a new building at Corridor G Sunday morning.
"It was really nice," said the Rev. Steven Smith, the church's pastor. "We had a larger than normal crowd and a lot of good energy."
The church started construction on the 15,327-square foot, two-story building in November.
The building's upper level has a sanctuary, restrooms and classroom space. The lower level has offices, workspace and a large gathering area, Smith said.
The church -- a merger of First Christian Church on the East End and Boyd Memorial Christian Church on the West Side -- formed in December 2004.
A building dedication is forthcoming. Smith said he wants the congregation to get settled in the new space before having a dedication.
"We wanted to be comfortable so we can help other people to be comfortable. To come and feel welcomed," Smith said.
Smith said the congregation wants to make the church available for community use during the week.
"We really want to utilize it for community purposes too," he said.
The church owns a little more than 71 acres on the site, which is on the top of a hill separating Corridor G from the West Virginia Regional Technology Park.
The church has so far developed eight of the 71 acres, Smith said.