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January 27, 2010

CITY OF LOCKPORT: CrossPoint Chapel opening satellite location downtown

A regional mega church is opening a satellite location in downtown Lockport.

CrossPoint Chapel, based in Getzville, will have its first worship service at the Historic Palace Theatre on Easter Sunday, April 4.

The non-denominational church recently struck lease deals with the Palace and the owner of the Historic Post Office so it can hold Sunday services for adults and children, according to Pastor Matt Eisenhower.

CrossPoint’s deal with the Palace is a bit unconventional. In lieu of paying rent to use the theater on Sunday mornings, the church agreed to perform in-kind services advancing theater renovation. Members will build a sound booth, help clean out and update the coat room and install new electrical wiring, carpeting and windows on the Palace’s second floor. The church also will share a high-end video projector with the theater, Eisenhower said.

According to 4th Ward Alderman Andy Chapman, a church member who announced the deals at last week’s Common Council meeting, CrossPoint counts in excess of 200 Lockport families as members.

Opening of a satellite church is partly about cutting those members’ Sunday drive time, and partly about assisting Lockport, Eisenhower said.

“We’re trying to get closer to the communities we care about,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for members to influence their local community.”

Sunday services at the Palace will consist of live music and adult worship in the auditorium, led by Eisenhower. The weekly sermon by CrossPoint’s lead pastor, Jerry Gillis, will be shown by closed-circuit video.

Across the street, at the Historic Post Office, children’s programs will be conducted for two age groups, age 2 to fourth grade and fifth through eighth grade.

CrossPoint is leasing 6,000 square feet there for children’s church and local church offices. Eisenhower declined to state the lease length but said CrossPoint’s intent is to stay downtown indefinitely.

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