Updates From The Space Committee

Karen Johnese

Karen Johnese

 
Glenn Pearson

Glenn Pearson

 
 Sara Steen

Sara Steen

 
 Sarah Parrish

Sarah Parrish

 
A brief history of the space conversation at Foothills shows us that the issue of space is not a new  problem. We find ourselves today in a period of unprecedented growth, and our space is limiting our ability to live out our mission. We are on a multi-year journey, understanding our history, evaluating our space needs, and looking toward the future. There will be many opportunities to get involved along the way! Your Space Committee

Foothills

Space

History

1968

Foothills Unitarian Church moved to current location from Old Town. Membership was approximately 100.

1980

Membership grew to 250.

1997

Membership increased to 475. Expansion of current church was only able to accomplish 50% of what was needed.

2008

Space exploration  committee concluded that additional space was needed. Recession prevented action at this time.

2014

Membership exceeded 600. Space committee recommended waiting to pursue expansion until after a new Senior Minister was installed.

2017-18

New space committee formed as number of members and friends reaches 900!

Evaluation of Our Spaces

 
If we think about our mission to unleash to unleash courageous love in Northern Colorado and beyond, our currrent space constrains our ability to live out that mission.
Without the chairs set up, it’s easy to see how a larger sanctuary would help us with many activities.
We aspire to have a sanctuary where everyone feels welcome and no one feels lost in the crowd!
During many special events, workshops, and classes, the Social Hall is filled to the brim!
We need an extra 40-50 seats each time the choir performs.

Service Times

We currently have three services  to alleviate our space  constraints, inhibiting  interaction among members,  and severely straining staff.

RE Space

Average Sunday RE attendance is  100 to 150 youth, crowded into classrooms built for half this number. The current hallways are narrow and unsafe.

Parking

Our 96 parking spaces only accomodate about 200 people. Expanding parking would require eliminating all our green space.

Event Space

Foothills has 51 groups competing  for meeting space. It is  difficult to accommodate our  own groups, let alone opening up to outside groups.

Worship

Our current sanctuary can seat 159 people (plus 50 including the social hall). We have over 900 members and friends!

Social Hall

Social time on Sunday severely  constrained by proximity of  social hall to sanctuary.

Urgent Space Needs

 

Larger Sanctuary

A larger sanctuary would allow us to return to two services and to create a more welcoming experience to visitors joining us for the
first time. Research and our own data tell us that once the sanctuary is 80% full, visitors feel it is too crowded and that there is no room for them.

Foyer

Significantly expanding our foyer would eliminate the current bottleneck, improving flow and making visitors’  initial foray into our space more welcoming.

Office

Expanding office space  would provide enough room for the entire Foothills staff to work efficiently as a group.

RE Space

Expanding the width of the hallways, adding a greeting area, and classroom enhancements would make the space safer and more welcoming.

Social Hall

Creating a larger social  hall that is more easily separated from the  sanctuary would increaseour ability to have concurrent events. Our space is too small for mid-sized events, like a political town hall. We can no longer be generous, especially to outside groups, with our space.