Coldstream Christian Church is cooking up support to one day build a new home for the congregation.
With plans to construct a new church on the Kalamalka Road site, members are serving soup as the initial fundraiser for the project.
“The goal is to sell 1,000 bowls of soup,” said David Hockley, church pastor.
“So far, we’ve served 250 and raised a little over $1,000,” said Hockley of the initiative that started in January and will run until the end of April, before starting up again in the fall.
The church serves up homemade soup and biscuits every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for anyone wanting to drop in or pick up orders for a few or many.
“It’s a relatively inexpensive way of feeding the troops,” said Hockley.
The fundraiser was cooked up by member Iris Youngberg, who wanted to put her talents to use for the church.
“It was her idea. She came to me and said, ‘I love to cook maybe this is something we can do.”
It’s just a start, as Hockley expects the church will need anywhere from $1 to $2 million to build.
But he has faith that the project will come to fruition within the next two to three years.
By that time, the existing church will be close to 50 years old.
“It’s old, outdated and the size is limited,” said Hockley.
With a congregation of about 120, the church sees on average 85 to 90 people come in each Sunday.
“Our seating capacity is only 100 people, so you get 85 to 90 people come in and start looking for a spot to sit with their families and it gets pretty difficult,” said Hockley.
A new church wouldn’t just benefit the members, but be an asset to the entire community, Hockley believes.
“It would be something for the whole community to use,” said Hockley, noting that there aren’t a lot of facilities to rent in Coldstream.