Close to 450 people attended our July 7 God & Country celebration that included an outdoor worship service, picnic lunch and games on the front lawn of Bexley United Methodist Church.

To the Editor:

Close to 450 people attended our July 7 God & Country celebration that included an outdoor worship service, picnic lunch and games on the front lawn of Bexley United Methodist Church.

We have these open-air events a few times a year in hopes that a "less-churchy" environment will make those who don't normally attend church feel welcome. The high-attendance leads us to believe we succeeded in our goal as we welcomed community members from around Columbus.

In order to accommodate events such as this in the future and have ample room for everyone to worship with us on Sunday, we've embarked on a capital campaign to add an addition to the church which will include a 21st century worship and multi-purpose Gathering Space that respects the existing historic building that we all love so much.

With our current indoor space constraints, our growth is being stunted. We usually have around 1,200 attendees on Christmas Eve alone.

Our architects are in the process of updating drawings of the addition and renovation project based on feedback received at a recent city of Bexley Architectural Board review.

Through the years, many lives have been deeply touched by the ministries of the Bexley United Methodist Church. It is our hope that as we continue to grow, the community will support this exciting change as more new faces will walk through our doors.

Cary Simonton, Johna Curle

pastors, Bexley United Methodist Church