The Crossing Community Church, 4770 Britton Parkway, will hold its first worship services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.

The Crossing Community Church, 4770 Britton Parkway, will hold its first worship services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.

An open house also is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.

The 400-member congregation has been without a building for the past two years since it sold its property on Lane Avenue, just east of Northwest Boulevard and adjacent to the Lane Avenue Shopping Center in Upper Arlington.

Members have been meeting at the former CompuServe offices on Henderson Road.

Revenue from the sale, coupled with a building-fund campaign within the membership, funded all but about $200,000 of the $5.2 million project to build the new building at Britton Parkway and Davidson Road, said Wayne Nicholson, pastor of the congregation.

The cost includes construction of the church and the purchase of the land from Verizon, Nicholson said.

The parcel is large enough to expand, Nicholson said, which is anticipated.

"We plan a second phase to begin in five to 10 years," he said.

The new church building has a "sanctanasium," Nicholson said, a term the architects used to describe the 600-seat sanctuary that has basketball hoops and bleachers that fold into the walls and are unseen during traditional worship services.

Nicholson said the Hilliard site was selected upon realizing that many of the church's newest members were from the Hilliard area.

Crossing Community Church has had several different official names and sites since it was founded about 50 years ago in Grandview Heights, said Nicholson, who has been pastor of the church for almost 26 years.

The congregation has a ministry for the deaf and a Korean service each Sunday, Nicholson said.

The 8:30 a.m. service Nov. 3 will be traditional. The 10:30 a.m. service offers children's ministries.