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    Church building new youth center
    McGregor Baptist constructing 'Studio G'



    Southwest Florida's largest church is reaching out to a younger generation in the form of a new home.

    Construction is set to begin in December on the 57,600-square-foot Youth Ministries building on the McGregor Baptist Church campus.

    It will be called the Grace Building or "Studio G" to the younger people.

    "Primarily because it's youth driven we are calling the building Studio G," senior pastor Richard Powell said.

    Studio G will be built on land behind the church's Joy Building at 3750 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

    The building is designed to reach out to a new generation of younger people.

    "It's a funky design that I think the kids are going to love," said Robert High, the project manager of builder H.J. High Construction.

    "It's going to be a great building. Very functional and multi-purpose," Powell said.

    Powell says this is a joint project between the church's youth ministry and the Southwest Florida Christian Academy.

    The Grace Building will house a worship space that seats about 500 students.

    "The fellowship hall, if you decked it out in a worship service style, would be the third-largest worship arena in Lee County," Powell said.

    A new gym will serve as the new home for academy athletics.

    The gym will seat more than 850 people.

    The church's youth offices and weight room will relocate to the new building.

    Eight classrooms will provide more space for middle and high school students.

    Each classroom will seat anywhere between 60 and 75 students.

    After class, students will have a commissary that is a combination Internet cafe and concession stand.

    Video game lovers will even have their own area with about 10 video game systems such as Playstation 2 or XBox.

    The $8 million building is set to be completed in the fall or winter of 2006.
    source: http://www.news-press.com/apps/pbcs....511050420/1075



    this is kinda weird. i would have loved one of these in my area. it could be a great place for kids to socialise, play game and learn.

    the one gripe i have is that, as an athiest i would go to play computer games and meet gamers but would always deny god. i'd feel guilty about using a churches resources if they're spending them trying to convert me, while i deny god

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    Gepper, I agree and understand, for the most part, your thoughts on this. What a wonderful opportunity for teenagers in this area.

    I also believe I would have at least tried it.

    I remember as a teenager, the Episcopal church I attended had this larger than life tall, dark full of life Irish Priest. And he cared very much that there were no meeting places for teenagers in our city. So he let us open a sort of coffee house on the weekends in the basement of our church. Kids from all religious denominations showed up. It was basically a place to congregate. It developed into so much of a crowd that the church yard would be full also on these evenings. Three basic rules, no physical fighting, no alcohol and no drugs on the premises. I never remember even discussing religion with anyone, or hearing a discussion of it.
    The purpose was only to give us a fun, safe place to congregate.

    I guess I would give it a shot, at least. If I felt pressure to convert, I would know then exactly what the purpose for spending their money was and go elsewhere. Hopefully their main purpose is to provide a safe place for teenagers to congregate, regardless of their beliefs.
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    unfortunately i'm a bit old for it now and in the wrong country

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    Well, I realize that, Gepper. Was just relaying what I would do as a teenager offered a place such as this, or even one opened by a group of people that do not believe in God.

    I guess it doesn't occur to me to stay totally away from one type of belief or another. I respect other's beliefs as that.....their beliefs.

    I was wondering why you would feel guilty. I find that interesting. It is not like you would pretend to believe in God, so.....I guess I just don't understand it.

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    i guess i'd think of a house of god as just that. it's not to say i'm not welcome, but am i deserving?

    i don't avoid any religion or anything but don't christians deserve christian charity more than me?

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    Strange that as an atheist you feel uncomfatable in a house of god,that suggests you have some belief.
    Even if you profess not to believe,christians anywhere would welcome you,its what they do.

    All spelling mistakes and grammatical errors in my post's are intentional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gripper103.2
    Strange that as an atheist you feel uncomfatable in a house of god,that suggests you have some belief.
    Even if you profess not to believe,christians anywhere would welcome you,its what they do.
    it's not god i'm worried about but the priests, wouldn't they be pissed at me?

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    No the priests and vicars I've come across are just ordainary blokes(blokesses) doing a job,I don't hide what I am and have never been shunned but have had some excellent talks with them,I was a practising Christian for a number of years so can talk and make comparisons in my faith vs theirs.
    The only ones I know that will actively try to convert you are the Mormons,Jehovas Witnesses and Born again christians.

    All spelling mistakes and grammatical errors in my post's are intentional.

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    In my town the 180/church on the move has an excellent "youth club". Activities include all the video games, basketball, bowling, cage ball (I don't don't know how it's played but my son does) pool tables, air hockey etc. etc.

    they have a message for the youths to steer clear of drink, drugs and sex. They do take a hard-line moralistic approach and they do evangelise heavily but it is their facility and even though they welcome all they will preach moralistically to all. The thing I will say though is that teenagers tend to be rebellious and there is an impression that many just listen and think "yeah whatever"
    They also organise lots of children's events like Halloween bashes. They hire the civic centre and put on a night for the children full of games and even a give away bikes. This year they gave nearly 100 bikes away (all donated by local business).
    These are the things churches do well and even though I am an atheist I often help out or contribute to such things. For me the problem is when the church tries to get into politics. They do it badly.

    it’s an election with no Democrats, in one of the whitest states in the union, where rich candidates pay $35 for your votes. Or, as Republicans call it, their vision for the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vidcc
    For me the problem is when the church tries to get into politics. They do it badly.
    To put a slightly finer point on it, how about people who are into "church" and are also into politics?

    Is your view that such people would "do" politics badly, and so should not be allowed, owing to the "problem" they create?
    “Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of 'em are stupider than that.” -George Carlin

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