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Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux
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Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell a story. Make some light.

Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux
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Canyon Ridge

Children / Children’s ministry / Theme / Theming / Youth / Student

Canyon Ridge Christian Church, Las Vegas, NV

Rather than hiring a church architect, Canyon Ridge leaders originally worked with commercial firms to develop a campus intentionally devoid of religious symbolism. The resulting unadorned concrete block and tilt-concrete structures created a high school campus look that was unrelated to the surrounding community, and open areas between structures remained windswept and unshaded. Interactive workshops aligned the church’s mission, brand, programming, and master plan around a PATH concept.

The family ministries complex became “Base Camp,” a way station of preparation for youth climbing through life. Props, scenic murals, and a second-story “escape hatch” leading to a desert grotto playground build the theme, while age-appropriate zones facilitate large-group gatherings and breakouts. The challenge of doubling the worship center’s seating capacity while mitigating its mass led to a new balcony built in previously unused air space above the existing seating.

Curved concrete became canyon walls to create a filtered shade canopy for the walkway below. Today the church reinforces its brand through web, print, and environmental strategies, extending the gospel message to cross the path of not-yet-Christians in Las Vegas.

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