With the purchase of 516 and 522 N. Main Street in Hillsville, Out of the Box Worship Center will be more than doubling in size soon.
Out of the Box officially purchased both buildings on Weds., Dec. 9, increasing the church’s size from its current building and extending it to its current youth center and the Carroll County Dance Center.
“We are excited as a team at Out of the Box to share this awesome news,” Out of the Box Pastor Ronnie Collins said. “Although change may be slow at times, our plan is to start immediately making new ministries happen.”
Out of the Box started on Christmas Eve 2010 in the space at 516 N. Main St. with seating for 160 people. The church soon had the opportunity to expand to two Sunday morning services to accommodate those coming to worship. In February 2015, Out of the Box added a third worship service on Wednesday evenings, and the three combined services now see more than 300 people in worship each week.
“Currently, Out of the Box uses about 15,000 square feet of space and has been pushed for needed room really from the beginning in 2010,” Collins said. “When the purchase of the new space is complete we will have 40,000 square foot of space available. Plans now include a new worship area to seat 400-plus in worship, a relocation of youth ministry space, and a larger space for children’s ministry, which is growing exponentially.”
Part of the DNA of Out of the Box has been to provide adequate space for worship and other ministries without spending on elaborate furnishings and design. Collins said the worship center will continue that trend with nothing fancy.
“Every square inch of space will be available to be used for any and all ministry needs,” he said.
A special ceremony was held Sunday, Dec. 13 between the two morning services where a sledgehammer was be used to knock the first hole in the wall. There will also several baptisms during the special ceremony.
Collins said the Carroll County Dance Center is still leasing space at 522 North Main Street, but the business is moving its entrance from Main Street to the back of the building. He said the dance studio is in the process of constructing a new building, but it won’t be moved until June of 2016.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on [email protected]