As a church body, Heritage Fellowship currently gathers in the building that used to be Florida Street Elementary School. God has graciously given this space to our church and our hope is to use it to bring Him glory. This space will simply serve as a tool we can use to point others to Jesus. Of course, that happens on Sunday mornings in our church gatherings, but God has given the elders at Heritage another vision for the Florida Street building. Along with using it for our church services, one of our primary goals is to turn Florida Street into a community center. Ultimately, we believe God will use this community center as a way for us to point people to Jesus, so they can find their hope in Him. The Florida Street Community Center will be an opportunity for us to live the gospel out in Clinton and see God transform the lives of the people who live here.
Isaiah 58 is the driving force behind the Florida Street Community Center. Isaiah 58 paints a beautiful picture of what happens when the gospel intertwines with the fabric of a community and then produces fruit. God tells His people to “pour themselves out for the hungry.” He says that He will guide His people as they pour themselves out in their communities, as they shine His light in the darkness of the world. Verse 12 says this: “And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundation of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in” (ESV). The NLT Bible translates verse 12 like this: “Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.”
The hope and mission of the Florida Street Community Center is to make the gospel tangible through building relationships, providing opportunities for community members to develop life skills needed to break the cycle of poverty, and bringing our community together through the arts and recreational activities.
The church is more than just a building. But God can certainly give us buildings that we can use to serve Him. The Florida Street building will be more than just a place for us to meet once a week. God has a bigger plan for Florida Street, Heritage, and Clinton than that. Our whole point as a church and the whole point of this Florida Street building is to bring God glory by sharing the gospel with the people in our city. All of the practical things we do with this building will ultimately serve as a way to point people back to God. He is ultimately the light the people of Clinton and of the whole world need. We hope to use the Florida Street Community Center to share some of that light.