New Kingdom Hall ready for Fort Collins

New Kingdom Hall ready for Fort Collins

The Jehovah’s Witness congregation of Fort Collins recently completed its new center for worship.

Jehovah's Witness members work on the 5,000-square foot Kingdom Hall, which was recently completed. Members did most of the construction of the $1.1 million hall, located at Kechter and Timberline roads.

Jehovah’s Witness members work on the 5,000-square foot Kingdom Hall, which was recently completed. Members did most of the construction of the $1.1 million hall, located at Kechter and Timberline roads. (Courtesy of Kip Zervos)

The 5,000-square foot Kingdom Hall, which is located at Kechter and Timberline roads, was built primarily by church members. The project consisted of two years of planning, weeks of pouring the foundation and four days to build.

The congregation is hoping to soon have their first worship service in the new hall.

“The new Kingdom Hall is unique because of the way in which it was built: The main source of labor was volunteers from the community,” said Paul Poston, Presiding Overseer of the Poudre Valley Congregation.

Stephen Dick, a Jehovah’s Witness minister for the Warren Lake Congregation, said the former worship location Unit 7 was sold to raise money for the new hall, which cost $1.1 million.

The congregation held worship services in Loveland until the completion of the new hall.

“After we sold the previous Kingdom Hall, we had half the amount needed,” Dick said. “The other half came from donations from the congregation, as well as from a Jehovah’s Witness organization located in Brooklyn (N.Y.) called the World Wide Work Fund.”

There are around 700 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Fort Collins, Wellington and Windsor. Fort Collins has six congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses, including English- and Spanish-speaking, as well as an American Sign Language group, or ASL.

The new hall will integrate the different languages. Large flat-screen televisions and cameras have been installed so that the ASL group can interact with all worshippers.

“It is so important for the ASL members of the congregation to get the full experience, and this ASL equipment and technology … makes that possible,” said Dan Golubich, elder in the Sign Language Congregation.

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