St. Ignatius Orthodox Christian Church of Twin Falls, Idaho has been working to increase its worship space due to growing attendance. Our small church is bursting at the seams every Sunday. Our parish is blessed with an increasing number of children, along with many immigrants and refugees from all over the world. Our immigrants and refugees have added a rich spiritual component to our community, but unfortunately, this growing group has limited economic resources with which to support the Church.
Last year, plans were drawn up to build a new church on our current property. That plan has proven to be cost prohibitive, and our need for a larger church facility can wait no longer. In early April of this year, we found a vacant church building for sale in Twin Falls. The building is 15,000 square feet on 4 acres of land. The purchase price of the new property is about the same as the market value of our existing property.
We have secured financing for the purchase of the property, but we are in need of additional funds to do necessary repairs and renovations. For instance, we need to replace the damaged HVAC system, renovate the kitchen, move walls to create a dining room, expand the altar, and relocate our existing iconostasis. Our goal is to raise the funds and complete these building improvements for the upcoming visit of His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH in December.
As our end goal, this new church property will be able to accommodate approximately 300 people. We hope to create a place of worship which includes a bookstore, Sunday school rooms, space for lectures and retreats, and a safe playground for the growing number of children. We pray these renovations will provide a beautiful Orthodox Church that will minister to our community.
We hope that in addition to your continued prayers, you will consider offering your financial support to our efforts. Any assistance you can provide will be a great blessing in building up the Body of Christ here in Twin Falls. St. Ignatius is a 501(C)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible.