On November 12, 2017, Pastor Brian and Pastor Dustin shared with us the exciting growth in our Children's Ministry at Manheim BIC Church and the possible solution of expanded space.
Please watch the following video to learn more!

UPDATE 6/12/18

Quick Recap
Over the past several years, continued growth at Manheim BIC has made apparent a number of facility constraints.  A significant number of our children’s classes are outgrowing their current classroom space, and we have an expanded need for handicap accessibility.  Thus, our Manheim BIC Leadership Board commissioned a Facility Assessment Team in early 2017 to research and study these constraints.  At our January 2018 Congregational Council meeting, this team presented the following goals based on their findings:   

I.  To expand and improve: 1) Nursery 2) Handicap Parking & Accessibility 3) Children’s Wing hallways 4)  Faith Formation / Adult Meeting rooms.
II.  To create: 1) Five large classrooms (K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade) 2) A Children’s Large Worship / Multi-Purpose Room. 3) A new South Entrance & Check-in Lobby.

What’s the Update?
A new Facility Expansion Team was assembled in late 2017 to work with a local construction firm to complete drawings in order to determine the realistic financial costs and time line for an expansion and renovation project that would meet the above listed goals. 

As of today, the drawings are almost 100% complete.  The plan expands our current Children’s Wing by 12,600 sq ft, while adding a new South Entrance that includes 4,935 sq ft of Accessibility and Adult Faith Formation Space.  Additionally, we are planning to renovate several older rooms in our Children’s Wing to accommodate our strong current growth.

How can I get involved?
1.  In mid-Summer you will receive a key communication piece that describes the vision, history and scope of the project, including an expansion map.  
2.  Our Facility Expansion Team will hold a special information session with more accurate plans and pricing on Sunday, August 19 at 9am in the Manheim BIC Chapel.
3.  Our church will gather together at 6pm on August 26 for a Congregational Council meeting to vote on beginning construction this fall.

What else can I do?
Pray!  Pray for wisdom as we continue to seek God’s leading on how to best address our current growth and future ministry opportunities.  

Blessings as we live out our mission together,

Brian Thomas, Lead Pastor
Dustin Sauder, Executive Pastor
Lisa McCoy, Leadership Board Chair
Curt Umble, Leadership Board Vice Chair

UPDATE 4/5/18

To read the letter from Pastor Brian to the congregation about "What's Next Update", CLICK HERE

UPDATE 12/14/17

To read the letter from Pastor Brian to the congregation CLICK HERE

After seeing our Elementary age classrooms consistently full and overflowing on Sundays and on Wednesdays, we have commissioned a team to study and propose facility modifications and/or expansion plans to address our current space deficit in our Children's Ministries.  - MBIC Leadership Board

A facility assessment team was commissioned in early 2017 to review current ministry growth and facility usage.  Following several months of meetings this group presented the following goals for future facility modification and/or expansion:



  1. To see all children’s programming in secured (lock-down) space.
  2. Expand the current Nursery space.
  3. Provide a large Group space for children's worship and games.
  4. Provide our Children's Ministries with Five Large Elementary Classrooms (K, 1, 2, 3, 4)
  5.  Improve hallway congestion.
  6.  Continue to provide our Weekday Preschool with Eight Preschool Classrooms & 3 large activity rooms.
  7. Expand the number of handicap parking spaces while improving facility handicap accessibility.
  8. Provide additional Faith Formation Adult meeting room(s).  

What's Next?

A Facility Expansion Team has begun meeting to work on details surrounding what we could do next with our facility to address the above stated goals.  This group hopes to present findings to the congregation in the opening months of 2018.  

Questions: Dustin Sauder - Executive Pastor - Dustin@manheimbic.org // Brian Thomas - Lead Pastor - Brianthomas@manheimbic.org