The Venue Church Officially Opens Doors Oct. 13

New facility seats 500

Monday, September 30, 2013
The Venue Church sanctuary will soon be filled with chairs and people
The Venue Church sanctuary will soon be filled with chairs and people

Following a build-out and renovation created largely by congregation members volunteering their time and expertise, The Venue Church officially opens its doors on Sunday, Oct. 13 with services at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The 500-seat church auditorium on Shallowford Road will welcome the many who have eagerly awaited the opening day.

“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of help and dedication to finishing our new home. We could not be more grateful to the dozens of people who have helped make it possible,” said Pastor Tavner Smith.

In keeping with the church’s express family-friendly policy, the new facility offers childcare for children ages six weeks through fifth grade during both services. Volunteers will also assist people in parking at the church each week, which is located inside an industrial park at 5959 Shallowford Road, Suite 225, close to Highway 153.

Pastor Smith points to three ideas that set The Venue Church apart. “First, we tell people that God’s message is love. It is unconditional. Second, we believe that you are created for a purpose, and to live life to its fullest. God has plans for each person. And third, you can live your life to the fullest if you are part of a community, people who care about you and support you,” he explains. “The Venue Church is truly a grace-driven church. We believe that God loves you right where you are. That doesn't mean He wants to keep you there, but the grace where God finds you will lead you into your fullest life.”

“Everyone is welcome to come and see if this is the community they have been searching for,“ said the pastor.

For more information, visit www.TheVenueChurch.com or call 423 637-7100. 


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