Journey Church (formerly First Baptist Church) is located in a small, wonderful town in northwest Wisconsin. Journey is a vibrant congregation. Their existing building has all of the educational rooms downstairs. Those rooms are not sufficient to house all of the needed classes and are small.
Their Gathering Space is smaller than needed. The 2,400 sq.ft. addition will allow the Senior Adults and Nursery to be on the main floor. This project will include internally expanding their sanctuary by removing three rooms, yielding space for their growing Worship Ministries. The area of that internal expansion is about 1,400 sq.ft.
The work needed by BFC includes wall framing, setting about 91 trusses, installing about 75 sheets of plywood roof decking, trimming eaves, siding, re-roofing the existing building and roofing the addition, insulation and drywall, painting, trim, and constructing a Welcome Center counter and restroom counters. The church will do their electrical work in that they have two electricians in the congregation, but need any assistance with this that is available. The church has a well-qualified member who will be the field superintendent, as well as a constructor.
Grading will commence in early March. Foundations and the slab will be completed in May.
PROJECT “C” Journey Church
Project Coordinator: Lawrence Corley
Building Plans will be available before the spring organizational meeting.
Frequently Asked Questions
DO I NEED TO HAVE CONSTRUCTION SKILLS TO VOLUNTEER?
No, although construction skills are recommended and welcomed, they are NOT required. There is always a more qualified person available for questions or to work alongside of. Everyone is very friendly and willing to help. Sometimes you are serving water or a snack to others. Anyone can help. The Site BFC and VBC Construction Team Leaders will help find a job for you to do. If you are interested in non-construction volunteer roles, there are several supporting roles that are needed each week "off the slab", (Site Clean up, Kitchen Clean Up, and Security) but also several supporting roles each week "on the slab"- (material runners, tool runners, minimum skills task, team support roles).
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY LIKE?
Most days start at 7am and end about 6pm. There is a morning safety brief and devotion, then start of work. Refreshments and water are available, as are port-o-john out houses. The VBC Church Building is generally off limits to the construction team as everything that is needed is located at the construction site.
CAN MY 13 AND 16 YEAR OLD KIDS PARTICIPATE ON CONSTRUCTION?
NO. BFC and VBC follow OSHA guidelines for a construction project. No one under age 17 will be allowed to work on the slab during the day and no one under 19 on a ladder or on the roof. This is strictly enforced. In the evening there is Site Cleanup and Kitchen Cleanup, these are volunteer activities that are suitable for children under the direction of a competent adult. It is encouraged that Middle School and Sunday School groups participate for group activities!
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET HURT AT THE JOB SITE?
If a person has a serious injury, the process is just like any emergency, we call 911 and the professional ambulance service and/or paramedic fire department responds for care. If the injury is less severe (cut that may need stitches for example) the designated Runner will drive worker to the nearest medical treatment facility.