Carlisle United Methodist Church, a combination of three previously shrinking Methodist churches, is unique in its community outreach perspective. The theme of the church’s “open hearts and open minds” motto was reinforced in the design of their new facility that reflects the motif of open arms. The building is multifunctional with areas for childcare, community rooms, Scouts, and a 600-seat worship space. There is a full-size gym and full coffee bar service. Extensive fellowship spaces have been designed with lounges and flexible seating. The design balances between traditional and contemporary in order to appeal to a wide range of ages.
The building is carefully integrated into the site and the land. On approach to the building is a large formal garden area with benches, shaded landscaping, and a fountain. The front of the building has tall curtain walls to visually connect the garden to the inside of the Lobby space. Curtain walls continue on the back of the Lobby to provide views to an amphitheater, structured gathering area on one side, and a more informal landscaped area on the other side. All views from the building are framed to look at the grove of existing mature trees to create a feeling of solace.