Clinton Frame Mennonite Church planning major renovation with DJ Construction

A church founded more than 150 years ago is working with a local construction company to update its children’s area, classrooms and sanctuary.

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 11:56 a.m.

GOSHEN — Clinton Frame Mennonite Church is breathing new life into an old space with a major renovation project.

Clinton Frame at 63846 C.R. 35 has ministered to the Goshen community for more than 150 years, and this month, the church is partnering with DJ Construction Company to update more than 45,000 square feet of its facility.

The project includes adding a kitchenette to the youth area, upgrades to fellowship and classroom areas and a new cafe. A complete renovation of the children’s area will include larger classrooms, a gym for kids to play basketball and volleyball and more security.

“Ministry always trumps structure,” Enos Yoder, a certified church consultant with DJ Construction, said in a news release. “Clinton Frame has a clear understanding of their vision and what they want to accomplish in their worship, children’s and fellowship ministries. Together, we’re coming up with a facility solution to enhance those ministries.”

Clinton Frame was founded in 1863, and in 1998, DJ Construction worked with the church on a 59,140-square-foot sanctuary expansion. More improvements to church’s sanctuary will begin this month.

“When a church as unique as Clinton Frame combines instrumental music, the spoken word, choral song and a cappella four-part harmony in its worship, those four qualities create an acoustical challenge,” Yoder said. “By providing some improvements in audio, video, lighting and other acoustical components, the worship experience certainly will be enhanced.”

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