VACAVILLE — The Rev. Jon Harris sat before a packed congregation Sunday at the New Life Church – twice.
Harris and his congregation were in somewhat unfamiliar territory. Since 1996, churchgoers had used met in school gymnasiums, warehouses and even outdoors. This Sunday, though, they were in a church – their own church – and celebrated the grand opening of a newly built church.
The congregation has been at its new center for a few weeks, getting used to thing before two Sunday morning services. About 970 church members and visitors attended the two services, which started with a musical prelude before Harris gave his sermon, “How God Tests Your Faith.”
“I thought (the service) was beautiful,” said Darlene Simmons, a visitor to the church. “His sermon was easy to understand . . . and it really made me think.”
The church sits on five acre along the beautiful hills by Cherry Glen Road. Harris said when he was thinking of a location to locate the church, God told him to “build a great church among the hills and I’ll bring all nations to you.”
After about two years of building and planning, New Life Church saw its dream church come to life.
The church has two levels. The first has a multipurpose room that doubles as a chapel on Sundays, as well as several child care rooms for nursery and kindergarten-age youth. The second level has several rooms where the church offers youth services for those in first through 12th grades.
Harris said New Life Church is envisioned as a community facility as well as a church. The church plans to partner with Mission Solano to provide area homeless with temporary shelter and food at the new facility.
“The need is great,” he said. “We would love to be part of the solution.”
New Life Church is located at 5900 Cherry Glen Road in Vacaville. The church services start at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. every Sunday. For more information about New Life Church, visit www.newlifechurch.com.
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