Our Church Campus consists of three buildings: From left to right - the Family Life Center, Early Childhood Learning Center and Our Sanctuary. Separately are the Shepherds Nook, Prayer Labyrinth and Gardens of the Pines Cemetery and Columbarium along with three separate playgrounds for our "Little Lambs". The whole complex started construction began in 1988 with the construction of a multi-purpose building. Phase two was the erection of the current Sanctuary in 1996. In 2005, phase three was completed with the construction of the Family life Center and the renovation of the original multi-purpose building. The entire complex is Handicapped Accessible.
The Community Church at Ocean Pines recognizes that it is mutually beneficial to permit use of Church Facilities for appropriate Community purposes. Since the Church is maintained by its members and friends for the Worship of God, Christian Education, Outreach and Church Family Life; non-church use must not interfere with the most effective use of the Facilities for Congregational activities.
In accordance with this policy the Board of Trustees has established guidelines for the use of the facilities. Any group meeting the criteria for usage should request a copy of the Facility Use Guidelines from the Church Office and complete an "Application for Facility Use" and return it to the Church Office.
Renovated in 2005 - Used for Little Lambs Daycare and Church Nursery
Sunday Morning Nursery and Sunday School Rooms for preschoolers
Weekdays: Little Lambs Learning Center, Preschool, Before School and After School Programs. Additional ministries with preschool aged children, their parents, and families.
Constructed in 2005 - Recreation and Fellowship Hall with Stage Storage.
Sunday School and Little Lambs Rooms for elementary school aged children. Middle, junior and senior high aged youth rooms for Sunday School, Youth Fellowship, and additional ministries.
A prayer labyrinth is a spiritual tool used to enhance prayer and meditation and walking a labyrinth could help bring us closer to Christ. Unlike a maze, there is only one route to the center and back out again. Since the destination is known, the labyrinth walker simply puts one foot in front of the other in a symbolic way of honoring the journey itself. For Christians, the center is symbolic of Christ being the center of our lives.
Regular meditative practice leads to greater powers of concentration and a sense of control and efficiency in one's life. Labyrinth walking is among the simplest forms of focused walking meditation, and the demonstrated health benefits have led hundreds of hospitals, health care facilities, and spas to install labyrinths in recent years.
The Community Church at Ocean Pines labyrinth was built on September 27th and 28th, 2014 by a crew provided by Phillip Barton, owner of Barton's Landscaping Company. Phil also designed the surrounding garden and provided the original plants and labor for the project. We are grateful to all who donated money for this project and to our Trustees, Bill Long and Ron Howe who built and erected the wooden cross. The Prayer Labyrinth was dedicated in memory of Julie Kolanowski, a former beloved choir director on May 31, 2015. The Community Church at Ocean Pines labyrinth is located along the left side of the road behind the church leading to the cemetery.
There is no "right" way to walk the labyrinth, and walk at your own pace. If someone has entered the labyrinth ahead of you, allow them 2-3 turns on the path before you enter. If the person in front of you is slower, you may quietly pass them. If someone is coming toward you in the opposite direction, simply step to the side and allow them to pass. After your walk, you may wish to find a quiet place to sit and reflect. Please respect the Church's property and leave no personal items behind so that others arriving after you can experience their own reflections.
A LABYRINTH PRAYER
Dear Lord, thank You for this time to be with You. Help me to remember that you are with me now as always, but especially now in this place.
Help me to receive your blessings. Give me the grace to move toward Your light and show me Your peace.
Help me not to forget the words You have spoken to me today. Let Your peace fill my heart, my world. Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come! Amen
Built in 1996 - Currently the Sanctuary seats 300, with another 40+ in the Chancel Choir area and 20+ in the Bell Choir area. Later, when and if necessary, the interior side walls can be removed inexpensively to enlarge the sanctuary with 100 additional seats.
Above is the Sanctuary looking from the back to the Altar with the large Wooden Cross hanging from the ceiling. Please notice the stained-glass windows on either side in the Chancel area.
Looking to the back of the Sanctuary from the Chancel Area with the Audio/Visual booth in the center. The booth is used to control the audio for all three Worship Services and the PowerPoint projection for the Contemporary Worship Service.