The Senior Minister, Pastor Stephen Janes, on Saturday 12 May 2007 turned the first sod in a ground breaking ceremony celebrating the granting of land from the ACT Government to Christian City Church Tuggeranong.
Pastor Janes was joined by 150 congregation members, The President of the Canberra Islamic Society, Dr Ahmed Youssef and Pastors Len & Lois Russell from Christian Outreach Centre.
The grant of land marks the end of a seven year journey to become the lease holder of this piece of land allowing Christian City Church Tuggeranong to shortly commence building a facility that will include a 500 seat auditorium, multi-purpose rooms and community kitchen that the community of Monash and the surrounding suburbs can benefit from.
“Christian City Church Tuggeranong has the support of the Canberra Islamic Centre in Monash and also Christian Outreach Centre. It is great to see different faiths and churches working together for the good of the community.
The Church is so excited to be able to construct this purpose built worship facility on land granted by the ACT Government, our desire is to provide a building that exudes quality and excellence, something we value as an organisation.
With a strong focus on families, children and youth, Christian City Church Tuggeranong as well as church services will be able to cater for the community by holding regular youth events and youth church services, concerts, musical productions, counselling, teaching, family training and numerous conferences and events for all demographics in the community.” Pastor Janes said
In the Tuggeranong Valley there are 95,000 people approximately and of those only 8% go to church.
Pastor Janes says “people don’t realise that such contemporary churches exist. Christian City Church Tuggeranong’s vision is of “A Contemporary, Caring, Powerful, Vibrant, Growing Church.” In my 13 years of pastoring people tell me that they want to encounter God and are looking for more to life than material possessions. We find that when people visit our church they are looking to experience God and often hoping for a miracle. With this new facility right here in the Valley our Church can offer a place where people can reach out and connect with God in a very real, contemporary and powerful way. We know that having a relationship with God changes lives. We are looking forward to welcoming more of the Valley residents to our congregation when our worship facility opens in early 2008.”