Faith Chapel Christian Center in Wylam looks a little bit like a futuristic alien colony, with its seven giant domes.
One of them is a 12-lane bowling alley called Tuscany Lanes, with streetlamps and Tuscan-style arches. A church with a bowling alley? Absolutely, said Founding Pastor Michael D. Moore, who grew up within walking distance of the church campus.
The Bridge will satisfy the need for family entertainment in the western part of Birmingham, he said. “We believe we can really meet the needs of the community,” Moore said. “It will bridge people from the world to the kingdom. People may not want to come to a church, but they’ll come to a bowling alley. People have needs other than spiritual needs. There’s a need for safe, clean, uplifting, family-oriented entertainment.”
While it’s been open for more than a year, the recreation complex of six interconnected domes known as The Bridge will have an open house on Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to unveil it to the broader community.
“Now we want the world to know,” said Moore, who founded Faith Chapel in his home in 1981. “Our church wants to be an inspiration.”
The roll-out of the bowling alley and other facilities to people beyond the church membership has been intentionally deliberate as the church tried to navigate the logistics of running such a massive recreational center. “We didn’t have the staffing in place,” Moore said. “We were trying to get to the point we can handle everyone who wants to come.”
Early in his ministry, Moore had a vision of building a church shaped like a dome.
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