Posted on : Monday October 22, 2012

By Sharon Mager
BCM/D Correspondent

WESTERNPORT, Md.—Most churches dream of having a large multi-purpose center to do unlimited outreach. Bruce Outreach Center in Westernport is the ultimate center. It’s 118,000 square feet on 12 acres. Bruce is an old high school that was going to be shut down due to school consolidation. Christ Memorial Church submitted a winning bid for $50,000. Now, Steffan Carr, pastor of Christ Memorial Church, is preparing to start a church in the building.

“We’re pretty excited,” Carr said. He is actually leaving Christ Memorial to be the planter. A group from the church will join Carr to become the core group. Christ Memorial will go through a search process to call another pastor.

Currently there are a multitude of community programs already happening at Bruce, including basketball, family movie nights, chemical dependence recovery, a crisis center and a home school activities center. There are plans to be licensed for disaster relief, to begin a Christian Women’s Job Corp program, and they’re working with a Veteran’s Group to offer veteran’s services.

“There’s a lot going on. It’s a full-sized high school, and it’s a lot of work, but it’s one step at a time,” Carr said.

“We’re already reaching people we’ve never been able to reach before,” he said. Bruce is just a half mile from Christ Memorial, Carr said, but the diverse services are making the difference. Basketball is bringing in a much more diverse mix of people.

Carr said it’s also because of the building itself.

“A lot of folks won’t come to a church, but they’ll come to a rec league,” he said.

Many BCM/D churches have already been lending a hand, sprucing up the school, painting and renovating the auditorium for worship.

Carr said working at Bruce could pretty much be a tailor-made mission trip. There’s so much to do: servant evangelism, light or heavy construction. There’s also plenty of room and amenities for mission teams to set out their cots and sleeping bags.

For more information, contact Steffan Carr at (301) 697-4828 or [email protected].