KENNY — A church that spent the last eight years meeting at Armatage Elementary School now has a home of its own, in the former Southwest Community Church at 1501 W. 54th St.
Since the relocation, the 250-member City Church has grown by about 20 percent each week.
“All these years, we hoped and prayed we would find a building in the neighborhood,” said Pastor John Sommerville. He said the congregation even passed on one building opportunity four years ago that was too far from Southwest Minneapolis.
“We’re committed to being a neighborhood church,” he said. “We want to connect with one another and connect with God.”
The building had been listed for sale for nearly two years, and City Church has spent the last six years saving money, praying, and searching for a new, permanent location. A church spokesman said they were able to close on the building after two other investors — including a developer with plans to raze the church and build houses — were unable to close on the site.
The church is opening its doors to community groups, such as a quilting group and a bluegrass music association that might use the venue for concerts.
City Church originated as a branch of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, and it decided to open up here because hundreds of its members lived in Southwest Minneapolis.
Sunday services with contemporary music are at 9:30 and 10:50 a.m.