Contributed by Upper Room Christian Cathedral
Celebration was the theme of the day at the Upper Room Christian Cathedral as the ministry dedicated its new place of worship in the City of Manassas.
The church hosted a grand opening of the new facility on Nov. 17.Located at 10654 Wakeman Court, the ministry returned to Manassas recently after worshiping in a location just outside city limits for the several years.
Established in 2000, the first worship experience was held at Baldwin Elementary School, but within 18 months, the ministry moved to a storefront on Center Street for a couple of years before moving to Prince William County.
“It’s been a great journey, but now we are glad to be back “home” and hope to do our part in making a significant impact in the Manassas community,” said Pastor Jesse Radford of Upper Room Christian Cathedral.
“We know that a city is only as good as its communities and communities are only as good as the families that live in them. One of the roles of the church is help strengthen families and we feel called and committed to do just that.”
City of Manassas Mayor Hal J. Parrish, II joined in the celebration by offering sentiments regarding the dedication.
“Today, I welcome the Upper Room Christian Cathedral ministry back to the City of Manassas, the place where it all started,” Parrish said.
The guest speaker for the event was Archbishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr. of the Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church in Washington, DC. The bishop, not only preached a rousing sermon filled with hope and encouragement, but he dedicated and consecrated the new building, charging the congregation to “guard it as a sacred house of worship, and to preserve and maintain it for continued service.”
Not only did the congregation gather to celebrate the grand opening of the new edifice, a new brand was officially unveiled. The new logo features a modification of the church’s name which parishioners affectionately call “The Room."
According to First Lady Almeta Radford, the new brand represents the origins of the ministry.
“Our church was launched in 2000 on the foundation of the early church, as indicated in the book of Acts, when a group of 120 people gathered in an upper room of the building they were in and emerged ready to take on a new and powerful assignment,” she said. “This single event changed their lives forever and we feel the same way about an experience at The Room.”
The Room meets for worship each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. for an interactive Bible study.
For more information visit, www.urcc.org and follow The Room on Facebook and Twitter.