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Downtown theater has new tenant – Life Church Morris

Life Church Morris moves into new digs

Glenn Peterson, a member of Life Church Morris, works on a sign for the church's new location in the old movie theater on Jefferson Street. The first service in the new building is Sept. 16.
Glenn Peterson, a member of Life Church Morris, works on a sign for the church's new location in the old movie theater on Jefferson Street. The first service in the new building is Sept. 16.

MORRIS – It did not take long for someone to move into the old downtown movie theater after Living Water Church of the Nazarene left the building earlier this summer.

On Sept. 1, Life Church Morris took possession of the building and plans on holding its first service in their new quarters on Sept. 16. In the meantime, they’ve been renovating the space with an eye to not just be a new home for the congregation, but also to use the space as a community building.

“We want this building to a be a blessing for Morris,” Pastor Jonathan Horsfall said.

As he toured the new space, he pointed out what rooms would be used for which activities: a space for kids and Bible study, the main theater space for worship services, a small space up a narrow, twisting staircase will probably be his office.

Horsfall walked out of the sliding doors to the roof of the theater, saying he loved that it gave you a different view of Morris.

Nothing is finalized, but Horsfall said he doesn’t want such a historic building being used for only one day a week. Because of its location, in the heart of downtown Morris, he hopes it can be used for other activities, such as cooking classes or child care. He said his wife, Ruth, might host aerobics classes in the space.

Fittingly, the church has also purchased a new movie projector for use in the main room, where the building showed movies in its former life.

“We want Morris to benefit from this,” Horsfall said.

Inside, many rooms have received a new coat of paint. The lobby walls are a white, contrasting with a new coat of black paint that highlights the details of the old ceiling.

Throughout, Horsfall highlighted that he wanted the building to be for Morris. The goal is the make the building brighter, he said.

“We want this building to facilitate the good that’s already going on in the community,” Horsfall said.

The first service is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.

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