Crosswater Community Church held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new worship center on Sunday, Jan. 6.
The new building will feature a state-of-the-art auditorium with 1,200 seats, a new lobby addition and full café. Construction of the project is scheduled to begin on Jan. 12 and cost an estimated $7.3 million. The center is expected to be completed in February 2020.
The groundbreaking ceremony was open to the public and held at the site of the proposed location of the new worship center at Davis Park. The event included food trucks, a bounce house and slide, cornhole and live music. Attendees of the church wrote individual prayers to be buried at the site of the new church.
“Crosswater is very excited about our opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of our families, friends and neighbors on the First Coast,” Lead Pastor Jack Millwood said. “We believe that these new additions to our property will enhance our ability to accomplish this purpose.”
At the end of the event, attendees joined together to simultaneously “break ground” at the new location. Millwood helped lead church-goers in pulling a single wheel hoe across the construction site to signify the beginning of the new worship center.
The new facility has been blueprinted by Live Design Architectural Associates, who specialize in the construction of churches.
The old worship center will be repurposed into a dining hall and gymnasium, with the second floor dedicated to becoming a student center. The addition hopes to provide space for the fast-growing Nocatee community that surrounds it.