Cape Christian Fellowship will open Fellowship Park, a new five-acre, state-of-the-art park for public use, during Easter weekend. Located at 2110 Chiquita Blvd. S. in Cape Coral adjacent to Cape Christian, Fellowship Park will be open to the public and will be funded, maintained, owned and operated by the church. To celebrate the park’s opening, Cape Christian will host Easter services in Fellowship Park inside a 15,000-square-foot, 37-foot-tall fully enclosed, air conditioned tent that accommodates up to 1,200 adults.
Cape Christian’s Easter services will be held on Good Friday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m.; and Easter Sunday, April 20 at 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Cape Christian invites the community to attend the services, as well as to enjoy the five-acre park and amenities which include a 3,000-square-foot splash pad featuring 57 water jets and LED-programmed lighting at night; two fully shaded playgrounds for younger and older children; four lighted half-court basketball courts; a lighted sports field; three covered pavilions with lighting, fans and electrical outlets; an outdoor fountain and courtyard with seating for more than 200 people; and Tony & Ada’s Café, featuring hand-crafted coffee drinks and gourmet crepes.
“The church should be a place where people know they can turn to for help in times of crisis. This park is a physical representation of our commitment to be that kind of church in our city,” said Wes Furlong, pastor at Cape Christian Fellowship. “Since we decided to build Fellowship Park instead of a new sanctuary, Cape Christian has doubled in size and we’re actually almost out of sanctuary space. We know that Jesus still heals; body, mind, and spirit, we see it every day. God takes hopeless situations and breathes life into them, that’s what we’re celebrating this Easter. After Easter we’ll be expanding our existing auditorium to make sure we have room for anyone who needs Jesus’ message of hope. We remain committed to investing our time and resources to supporting people beyond the walls of our church and are expanding our community support programs as well.”
In addition to the park and sanctuary expansion, Cape Christian is adding a full-service counseling center, foster care services with Children’s Network and addiction recovery services. Through its Not In My City community outreach network, the church has distributed more than 20,000 resource guides, provided more than $100,000 in donated food and supplies, and distributed character-building resource guides to Lee County Schools.
The History of Fellowship Park
Fellowship Park began as a vision: a vision that families could experience God's fullness together throughout the week in a fun, safe, beautiful, relaxing space right here on our church grounds. This would be a place where children could play and learn in exciting, innovative play areas, where adults could enjoy a tranquil work ora a brisk jog, where families and the city at large could host majorevents and important personal celebrations, where wonderful memories could be forged and shared, and where fellowship would come naturally.
We cast the vision for Fellowship Park to our congregation in february of 2012, and they responded in a big way. After two months of prayer and many incredible generous financial gifts, Cape Christian's friends and families joined together to complete "Phase 1" of the park in only nine days...just in time for Easter Sunday! What was once a concrete path and a small expanse of grass became a gorgeous fountain and a shaded courtyard filled with beautiful crepe myrtles—what was once a plain, under-utilized space became a fun, reflective environment for people to enjoy...and they most certainly did enjoy it! Countless special events and impromptu gatherings have already taken place in Fellowship Park...and things are about to get even bigger!
We're currently gearing up for the next phase of the park, and just as Phase 1 transformed our grounds into a place that families could enjoy together, the next step will transform our city, and countless lives along with it.
Fellowship Park will soon encompass over 100,000 square feet of land. It will include the only Splash Pad in Cape Coral (complete with dancing water shows!), sports fields, four half-court basketball courts, a jogging track, numerous play areas for children, shaded pavilions (which you'll be able to rent for special occasions!), and a full-service café. The church will soon become the place our city and the many families within it will turn to in order to celebrate and enjoy life to the fullest while experience the fullness of God!
What began as a vision will soon become a reality. Fellowship Park is set to be a must-visit attraction in the city of Cape Coral, a highly sought-after spot for major events, and a perfect place to build wonderful memories. Families throughout the city of Cape Coral will be able to experience God's fullness together all week long...in a space built by families, for families.
If you would like to be a part of this extraordinary change that's about to take place in our city, we encourage you to make a donation to our Bold Crossings Building Fund, which supports Fellowship Park. One-time gifts can be given HERE.
Our Church has a long history of bold crossings—of taking bold steps for God in pursuit of His vision. We look forward to partnering with you for this latest step of faith! If you are one of the families or individuals who's already sacrificed to make a Fellowship Park a reality, we thank you for the gifts of time, talent, and treasure that are already working to spread God's influence throughout the city of Cape Coral.