a portion of a potential plat

We Are Building a New Church!

We have been happy and grateful to God for the building we first leased in 2006, and for our larger space now in Walkertown. But with God's help, we have purchased land for a new church, we mounted a successful capital campaign, and now we have actually broken ground, beginning the construction process for our new temple!

This page will log our progress, with the beginning of our story at the bottom, and the most recent post at the top, just below:

liturgical ornament

The week of April 30, 2023

The 2nd Story Appears!

The 2nd Story Appears!

The steel structure of the upper story of our new church now has been built! The cupola will rise above it later in the process.

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The week of April 23, 2023

The Steel has Arrived – Our Church is Being Built!

Foundation Slabs have been poured!

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The week of April 16 (PASCHA!) BRIGHT WEEK, 2023

The Foundation Slab of Our New Church has been Poured!

Foundation Slabs have been poured! Foundation Slabs have been poured! Foundation Slabs have been poured! Foundation Slabs have been poured!

The week of April 9, 2023

The Outline of Our New Church Appears!

The Outline of Our New Church The Outline of Our New Church

We have some aerial views of our new church building showing the outline of our new church! The blue lines in the image above are from the blueprint superimposed over the aerial photograph, showing more detail of where walls, etc, will be.

Click here for some more aerial photographs.

The week of April 2, 2023

All Foundation Footings Have Been Poured!

Father Christopher updates us on the ongoing construction of our new church!

All of the footings that will support the heaviest load of our new church building have been poured, and block is being laid for the foundation!

Update 4/6 - we had our monthly check-up meeting with the contractor. You can really begin to see the outline of the building and altar taking shape!

Altar Area

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The week of March 19, 2023

Video of Our Foundation Work!

Father Christopher shot these videos of the construction work.

Blessing with the Cross from the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross

Father Christopher also shot some more photos of the ongoing construction, and Greg King shared his photos (including the one above) after the Prayers at the Property on Friday morning, when we sang the Troparion of the Cross carrying the Cross that had been blessed and venerated as this week began the Sunday before, the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross, with Father blessing the site from each side with that cross. Click here for more!!

Thursday, March 16, 2023

The Foundation is Being Prepared!

Aerial Shot of Our Construction Site

The construction crew are digging holes and fitting with rebar to pour concrete for the footings for the foundation of our new church! Father Christopher explains:

No, they’re not digging graves for a cemetery. They are digging for the footings for the foundation. The footings distribute the weight of the building evenly across the entire structure so that it doesn't sink into the ground. The steel structure supporting the church and the dome will tie into the footings.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

We Have Broken Ground on Constructing our New Church!

Father Christopher wrote,

I pulled up today to the glorious sights and sounds of earth-moving equipment. I never thought I would be so happy to see bobcats and bulldozers!

Monday, March 6, 2023:

Construction is About to Begin!

Father's banner photo of our property where our church is about to be built!

Father Christopher wrote, "What a glorious day! Work is beginning on our property. We met Stuart (Project Supervisor) and Gary from RPM Partners (our builder). Glory to God for all things!"

Surveying began today to mark locations for pouring our foundation!

Our builders at the site Our builders at the site

Wednesday, November 16, 2022:

The Loans are Signed and Closed. Construction Will Begin in the Next Few Months!

Father Christopher tells the wonderful news that closing went through for the loans, everything has been signed, and at last construction will begin in the next few months on our new church home!

Monday, September 19, 2022:

The Contracts Have Been Signed: We are Building Our Church!

Dear faithful of Holy Cross,

"Great art Thou, O Lord, and marvelous are Thy works, no words can suffice to hymn Thy wonders!"

It was 9 years ago last week Archbishop Nikon of blessed memory blessed our new church property in Kernersville, NC. After years of hard work, fundraising, planning, prayer, and hours of discussion we are finally at the point to move forward. We have been approved for our loan from Truliant Credit Union and we signed the contract with our builder, RPM Partners. By the grace of God, construction will begin on our new church very soon!

Every Friday we pray on the property for God to bless our efforts to build a Temple unto His glory so that we will have a place to worship and fellowship for years to come. It will be here in this new Temple that our kids will be baptized, our young couples will be married, our dear departed ones will be sung into the Kingdom, and where the faithful will be nurtured and fed with Christ’s Holy Mysteries.

I am in awe of God’s provision and guidance as we have traversed these waters together. I am so thankful to everyone who has sacrificed so much for Holy Cross. I am thankful to so many of you who have worked tirelessly to get us to this point where we are finally on the cusp of building our new church. Thank you and may God bless you.

I will keep you all informed as our property gets busy again late this fall and into the new year. I have attached a few pictures from the signing last week and of the visit 9 years ago from Archbishop Nikon.

With love and gratitude in XC,

Fr. Christopher

Tuesday, August 23, 2022:

Our Loan is Approved! We Have the Funds to Build our Church!

Dear faithful of Holy Cross,

Glory to Jesus Christ!

It is with great joy that I share the news that we have been approved for our construction loan to build our church and hall! This has been a long process and I am so full of gratitude to everyone who has worked SO hard over these last 8 years in the planning, organizing, fund-raising, and contributing to what is, essentially, the continued proclamation of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This building is an outward manifestation of the Temple of the Lord being built in our hearts. Christ is the cornerstone and the builder, we are His servants. We work together with Him so that we can continue to participate in this sacramental life. May the Lord continue to bless our efforts and through the prayers of the Theotokos and all the saints!

With gratitude in Christ,

Fr. Christopher

Thursday, December 23, 2021:

Father Christopher Offers a Christmas Update on the Building Site Work.

Father Christopher offers Christmas blessings, and again walked around out building site to show us the latest that has been accomplished in our Building Project.

Father Christopher Offers an Update on the Building Site Work.

Father Christopher walked around out building site to show us what has been accomplished so far:

Update: Friday, November 19th, 2021 – Photos, Video, and Aerial Video of the Ongoing Construction Work!

Aerial Video of the Curbs and Gutters being poured.

We have several weeks' worth of photos, videos, and aerial videos of the ongoing work on our building site -- see our News, Photos & Videos page! For the aerial video from which the photo above was taken, click on the photo.

Update: Saturday, November 6, 2021 – New Color Rendering of the Architectural Elevation of our New Church Building from the Front!

Father Christopher's colored image of the church.

Click image above for a larger view.

Father Christopher lovingly colored an architectural elevation image from RPM Partners of our new church building to be built in Kernersville!

Update: Thursday, November 4, 2021 – New Color Rednering of the Architectural Elevation of our New Church Building!

Father Christopher's colored image of the church.

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Father Christopher lovingly colored an architectural elevation image from RPM Partners of our new church building to be built in Kernersville!

Update: Friday, October 22, 2021 – Photos and video from the Third Week of Work!

Construction work

Current status on the project includes:

  • The sitework contractor has completed the installation of the temporary erosion control pond.
  • They are continuing to work on correcting grade on the site and have had the testing agency come to make sure we’ve got the appropriate compaction.
  • They have started to install the temporary seeding on the site as well.
  • Duke Energy will be relocating power pole.
  • They are continuing to grade the site down to street level.
  • The cross has been relocated to the corner of the site.
  • Storm water structures have been delivered to the site and the surveyors will do the layout on Monday
  • We have been very fortunate for this patch of dry weather and have been able to take advantage of it!

We have more photos of the work in progress on our property in Kernersville, and we also have some video to share!

Update: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 – Photos from the Second Week of Work!

Construction work

We have a few more photos of the work in progress on our property in Kernersville!

Update: Friday, October 8, 2021 – The work actually begins!!

Construction work

A few weeks after our Groundbreaking Service, the work on the site of our new church in Kernersville began, preparing the site for construction!!

Update: Saturday, September 18, 2021 – Groundbreaking Service!

Groundbreaking Service

We gathered together around our Archpastor, his Eminence, Archbishop Alexander as he presided over our groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, September 18, 2021 on our property at 1320 Masten Drive in Kernersville.

In addition to our Archbishop, Father Christopher, Father Deacon Daniel, Father Deacon George and the faithful, we were joined by our Chancellor, Father Marcus Burch, our Dean, Father Thomas Moore, and many other priests, including Father Peter Robichau, Father Paul Schellbach, Father Constantine Shepherd, Father Boris Colovic, Father Paul Coates, Father Andrew Cannon, Father Jeremy McKemy and Father Deacon Christopher Burdette.

Dawn Morgan, the Mayor of Kernersville, and Chris Comer, President of the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce, honored us by participating and spoke warmly of Kernersville and welcoming our church to the community. And representing RPM Partners, Audrey Furmage Wells, President, and Andrew Wells, Vice President & Head of Preconstruction, also participated in the groundbreaking ceremony. Andrew, who has worked closely with the parish on the planning process, spoke on behalf of the company.

More photos of the service and celebration.

Update: February 15, 2021

This year has seen a tremendous amount of activity on the building front, despite the ways that the COVID-19 pandemic, and national and local efforts to combat it, have affected our parish, our builders, and the price of building material.

  • We have been working closely with our builders RPM to finalized a design we can afford.
  • We have been given preliminary approval from OCCIF (Orthodox Christian Capital Campaign) for loan of $650,000 and have done the loan application.
  • Archbishop Alexander, along with the diocesan building review committee, has blessed and given us the instructions to move forward with our current plan. We have been working closely with Noel Bush, the treasurer of the diocese, to make sure we are working within the diocesan guidelines for our building program. The Diocese is prepared to help us with the tithe-credit program.
  • RPM submitted the permit plans with the city of Kernersville and everything has been approved.
  • To date have collected $1,194,971 towards our building. This amount includes not only money to build but future operating costs fund, money for fixtures and furniture, as well as our pre-construction services. We have $957,953.12 of our own funds that can be used toward the building ($1,042,953.12 — $85,000) + $591,000 loan = $1,548,953.12

Here are recent drawings from our builder:

Update: October 2, 2019

Dear friends and faithful of Holy Cross,

Thank you for your faithful prayers and generous support of our building process. We have reached the exciting phase at which funding is falling into place and structural engineering is being completed for the total project.

As was announced a month ago, Steve Iltis, Steve Richards, and I, representing our Finance Committee, had a great meeting at the end of July at our diocesan assembly with Orthodox Church Capital Improvement Fund (OCCIF). They are a great organization set up precisely to help fund projects like ours, offering terms more favorable than banks, with their more complex underwriting, can offer. To prepare for the meeting, we took a preliminary loan questionnaire, which reviewed our past records and future growth plans, and then we met to discuss our situation in more detail. After asking some clarifying questions, OCCIF said that they want to work with us! We discussed a loan amount of approximately $650,000 at 5% over 20 years. We are excited to partner with OCCIF, and we are also grateful to the bank we have been talking to for a few years before meeting with OCCIF, because while they were not the type of lender that typically would fund a project like ours, they provided excellent advice about what it would take to demonstrate our loan-worthiness and financial health to our future lender.

We also had an encouraging meeting with the Diocesan treasurer, and we are scheduled to begin receiving repayment of the funds that we have had on deposit with the Diocese. This will allow us to have that money available for the beginning of the construction phase.

As for our progress on the building itself, the Building Committee met with our builder in August, and we had the opportunity to see the amazing work of the structural engineer. The meeting was not without its challenges, because due to tariffs and other market forces, the price of structural steel has risen significantly recently, which means an increase in the cost of the steel in our building. While this does put us in the position of having to make some hard choices, it is not unexpected; we have talked from the beginning about the influence of the cost of labor and raw materials on the overall cost of any project we may undertake. We believe that we will be able to finalize the project and come to an agreement with the builders on the guaranteed maximum price, despite the challenges of increased material costs. We will be meeting again soon to discuss some additional options produced by our architect and structural engineer that will allow us to stay within our budget. As a reminder, the design-build process gives us the advantage of knowing what the maximum project price will be, barring any later design changes.

Once we have our contract with the builder, which should be possible to draft soon, we can formally apply for the loan. Then, when we have the loan in place and the building documents are finalized, we should have a clearer idea of the construction timeframe. We will also be able to look at the project as a parish and take the vote to go into debt that is required by our by-laws.

I'm so excited about reaching the point at which construction is within reach, especially knowing that we have the firm support of our Diocese and Archbishop Alexander for the direction we are taking. Please continue to pray for the process as we finalize our work.

In XC,

Fr. Christopher

Update: June 7, 2019

Dear friends and faithful of Holy Cross,

God has gone up with a shout!

Blessed feast!

We have not had much to report about the building project since our last update before Lent, because our architect and structural engineer have been at critical points in other projects. This short breather has been a blessing, in that it allowed us a little break from the stressful aspects of the building process to enjoy the blessings of Lent and Pascha. Our Architect and Structural Engineer have begun working on our building project in earnest again in the past few weeks and have been working collaboratively to arrive at the ideal configuration of the structural steel for the building. Once they finalize the basic structural engineering, they will begin meeting with the other contractors, and then with the city of Kernersville to do a preliminary code review to make sure that our proposed plans meet city requirements. The builder has said that that we could be in a position to break ground this fall if things go well with the city.

We are delighted to share that we have also begun meeting with some banks to discuss our options for financing the project. We are optimistic about our ability to approach the project from a place of strength, as money continues to come in and we have collected over $1 million, which is a great blessing! God has truly multiplied our efforts and our gifts. Thank you all so much for your continued support of our efforts to build a new home for Holy Cross through prayer, encouragement, and generosity.

In XC,

Fr. Christopher

Update: March 2019

draft design 3/2019

Dear Faithful of Holy Cross,

I am excited to be able to share with you a brief update about our building design process, which will show you some of what we have accomplished since we last shared a status update at the meeting in November. We are currently making excellent progress towards our ultimate design by working with our builder, RPM Partners, to translate our vision for the major exterior features and general shape and layout of the buildings into plans.

The current version (see above), which is NOT a final design, represents the changes that have been made over the past several weeks and serves as a sort of snapshot in time of our design process. I want to emphasize that what you see here is not final, including the dome shape, cross design and height, windows, and other details. In fact, many of the exterior finishes and all of the colors are builder-selected neutral placeholders that show where a door may be or where there could be brick or siding, but will not even be discussed, let alone finalized, until later in the process. However, we expect to be arriving at a final design relatively quickly, as the committee has been able to build consensus around the major features and functions, and our builder has expressed confidence that we are progressing well towards our goal.

Some of the next steps in the process include:

  • Seeking engineering structural analysis
  • Having RPM Partners meet with Kernersville city officials on our behalf to ensure that we are on track to meet local requirements
  • Working on the interiors to refine the existing floor plan
  • Collaborating more closely with our architect to finalize structural and aesthetic details inside and out

Please continue to pray for the process and the people involved in it, and thank you for your continued support.

In XC,

Fr. Christopher

Second Meeting with Our Builder

second builder meeting

On January 9 we met again with our builder and reviewed progress so far, tentative aspects of designs, meetings with the city of Kernersville, etc..

First Meeting with Our Builder

Meeting with the builder

After so many years of hoping, researching, planning, preparing and praying, On November 2, 2017, at last we had our first meeting with the builders, initiating the actual path toward building our new church – we hope to begin actual construction this year!

Our New Church's Story Begins:

Our parish was established to be a beacon of Holy Orthodoxy, offering English-language services to all people of all origins in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. God has blessed this mission! From an initial group of 25 people, we have grown to 100+ people attending Divine Liturgy. We provide classes for inquirers and catechumens, and have baptized and chrismated many dozens of new members of the faithful since our founding. Our flourishing church school and youth group help our children grow in fellowship, service, and love of their faith. We have a large number of children who benefit from our educational and social activities, including our new youth group for teens. We continue to see new folks arrive and engage in all areas of parish life. By the grace of God, “... the Lord added to their number day by day” (Acts 2:47).

We have been very happy and grateful for the building we began leasing in 2006, but as the parish has grown, the need for space has become increasingly pressing. Being crowded is a blessing, but also a persistent inconvenience during both worship and fellowship hour. We decided we needed a new home, with more room to welcome all who God brings to us.

We did research, talked together, prayed together, and finally all agreed to find a central location that would accomodate all of us as well as possible, and be available to people all across the Triad. After long searching, we found and unanimously voted to purchase land in Kernersville, in an excellent central Triad location. Through personal donations, fundraising efforts and assistance from the Diocese, the land has been fully paid off! We then mounted a successful Capital Campaign (please see our Raising the Cross website!), and we are expecting to begin building our new temple in 2018!

Our New Home will be Central in the Triad:
1320 Masten Drive in Kernersville.

Triad Map Aerial View from Realtor

Project Description

Our goal is to build both church and fellowship hall at the same time, so that we will be able to enjoy a full parish life in the new facilities as soon as they are built. The proposed church will accommodate 250 worshippers, and its design will reflect the breadth of Orthodox heritage reflected in our diverse membership. The fellowship hall will feature sit-down dining for 200 people, along with restrooms, classrooms, an office, and a kitchen suitable for shared community meals and events. The new interior spaces will include essential furnishings and equipment, with opportunities in future years to add iconography. Outside, we hope to build a fenced playground, along with parking and landscaping which enhance the property’s accessibility and beauty.