True Life Youth Ministries held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Christ Presbyterian Church, now a Christian youth middle, on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The ministry was gifted the church — and adjoining 3.4 acres — by its congregation in November 2020. Since then, they’ve undergone a $2 million mission renovating the 1300 W. Maple St. property.

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The congregation corridor stays a focus of the middle.

Additions to the church embody a full-sized gymnasium full with a basketball courtroom.

The kitchen has been upgraded to higher serve the over 125 college students enrolled within the youth group.

A big eating space has additionally been added.

The middle additionally contains an administrative workplace, school rooms, and recreation or leisure areas for college students.

Whereas $2.1 million was budgeted for repairs and remodels, the ministry got here $100,000 beneath finances, mentioned True Life government director Jerry Higley.

Attendees of be aware Tuesday included Lebanon Mayor Sherry Capello and state Rep. John Schlegel (R-101), each of whom offered certificates to the ministry.

Additionally in attendance have been a number of present and former college students of True Life Youth Ministries.

“The True Life Youth Heart is an act of affection for the kids and youngsters of Lebanon,” mentioned Higley. “A spot the place we will minister to them holistically. A spot the place they are often taught life abilities, a spot to assist them put together, however most significantly; a spot the place college students of all ages can be launched to Jesus, their lives can be modified, and their religion will develop.”

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