KIDS/STUDENT ROOMS CASE STUDY
For two decades, Canyon Ridge has been bringing life to the Las Vegas valley. A multi-site church of over five thousand, it is the type of ministry that continues to reinvent and stay on the front-line of a city that presents itself as a mission field like no other.
“Like most churches, we place a high value on the campus experience for our kids and students,” says Experience Pastor Curtis Templeton. “Their facility and resources are of equal importance when lined up with our auditorium and campus gathering spaces. While it’s true that the main auditorium gets a ton of attention and priority, we simply cannot forget the ancillary spaces around our campus.”
The Ridge turned to trusted partner House Right to help them retool the kids and student spaces. “These spaces not only have to provide an excellent experience to engage appropriate audiences, but they also have to be volunteer friendly and easy to operate,” says Technical Director Billy Baker.
WANTS/DESIRES AND BUDGETS
“When a church first engages about kids or student spaces, it’s easy to begin on what CANNOT happen,” says Jeff Vander Kooi of House Right. “Curtis and the others did a really good job of keeping the conversation on what was possible.”
What was possible was ultimately driven by space considerations, time, and budget. “We began the programming process, getting all of the input from the multiple players involved from the church side,” says Jeff. “We then went to work through the design and costing process to land at a place where the team was pleased.”
Finding systems that met the stated ministry needs and staying on budget wasn’t easy but ultimately was achieved through repurposing some of their existing gear and updating old gear with new. There were three rooms total that needed updating–The Lodge (high school), Basecamp 1 (grades K-5), and Basecamp 2 (middle school).
The Lodge is used for the high school ministry, as well as multiple smaller events throughout the week. For the weekday events, the audio system had to be straightforward to use, so we designed a stand-alone system using the Yamaha MTX5 processor. This enabled other groups to utilize the systems without having to know how to use a digital console or have production personnel present. Likewise, they wanted to upgrade the analog sound console to digital for flexibility. We opted for the budget-friendly Behringer X32 with the P16 personal mixers for the high school worship band. The Lodge video system infrastructure was updated to SDI, and we repurposed existing projectors and screens, redeploying them to fix sightline issues. The Lodge lighting system was redeployed with a better lighting plot to meet their needs, and we added some colored lighting with some ADJ RGB pars.
Basecamp 1 gained a new DaLite screen and a Vivtek projector, along with a new SDI infrastructure with a Blackmagic switcher using the Skaarhoj control surface. Basecamp 1 has 12 breakout rooms that the kids use for small group time. Programming was using a video curriculum that needed to be played from FOH, so we upgraded the old standard definition RF system to a ZeeVee HD QAM modulator and installed 50” flat panel displays to replace the old CRT tvs. All of the old illegal wireless mics were replaced, and a new X32 Producer digital console was installed. The existing JBL VRX sound system was reused. We updated to a new processor and tuned the system. The room did not have any theatrical front lighting, so we installed lighting battens, ETC S4 jr light fixtures, and Vista controls.
Basecamp 2 needed the most work. The sound system was not adequate for covering the room and the type of programming that was happening. We were able to redeploy the JBL VRX system from The Lodge into Basecamp 2 along with a new processor. In exchange, we installed the Yamaha IF2115/AS speakers with the IS1215 subs in The Lodge. Just like the other rooms, we updated to an X32 digital console and Shure wireless mics.
All of the rooms now have the same sound, lighting, and video control systems, allowing volunteers the ability to know how to run the equipment in any of the rooms. One of the biggest requests for the middle school programing was updated lighting that would bring excitability to the event without having to physically re-hang fixtures. We chose the Chauvet EPIX strip lights in a grid configuration on the upstage wall and ceiling, using Arkaos MediaMaster to send pixel mapped video content to the strip lights. The same video system was deployed for Basecamp breakout rooms as Basecamp 1 allowing them to play video content for small groups in the 8 breakout rooms.
IT’S WORTH IT.
While the process of programming, design, and costing to execute a kid ministry or student room might be similar to that of a major auditorium, there are different constraints on these types of projects. For most churches, the most knowledgeable staff is busy at peak times when these rooms are in use. “We want to know that these rooms are going to function the way that our ministry leaders want,” says Curtis, “it’s not about the church of tomorrow; it’s about the church of today.”
“Setting up kids or student rooms is critical when you know that you probably will not be available to help during peak times,” says Billy. “We think we’ve accomplished this through careful planning and execution.”
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