Building for the Community

For more than 60 years, Bryn Athyn Church School has been a special and valued center for the life of our community. It is where generations of New Church children have begun their lifelong journey of education. Since 1970, when the Society Building (All Purpose Building) was constructed, this facility has also been an important gathering place for our congregation to come together for informal worship, wedding celebrations, school programs, sporting events, community programs, and more.

Now we are embarking on a comprehensive new building project designed to ensure that Bryn Athyn Church and School will continue to play a vital role in our lives and for generations to come. In bringing our plans to fruition, we seek support from all those who wish to see this center thrive and serve as an educational, spiritual, and natural home for the life of our community.

Our Plan

Our plan is to build vibrant and welcoming spaces for our Elementary School, Church Office, Society Building, and Thrift Shop.

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Given the extent of our current facility’s constraints and maintenance issues, our plan is to construct a completely new building on an adjacent site. This plan, affirmed at our October 13 Society meeting, not only solves a myriad of problems but also allows us to continue providing onsite education with minimal disruption for our current students while construction is underway. We are prepared to begin construction as early as Fall 2022.

The new facility will provide separate welcoming entrances for the church and the school. Shared spaces will include a sloped floor auditorium and outdoor gathering areas. Students and visitors will experience new academic and social spaces featured throughout the building. The school wing will house dynamic educational environments for preschool through 8th grade. The church wing will be home to the church office, society kitchen, and a beautiful space for gatherings.

The building committee is fully committed to supporting Bryn Athyn Thrift Shop (BATS) in getting up and running in its new location, incorporating parts of the old barn. Pending approval from the Bryn Athyn Borough Zoning Board, the new site will be a fenced in and gated two-acre section of Academy property near Buck and Byberry Roads (across from Pine Run Park). The Academy has given their strong approval to move forward with this project.

An Invitation to Participate

Please join us in this exciting endeavor.

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Please join us in this exciting endeavor.

The goal of this campaign is to secure $70 million in donor commitments for the planned construction. We are extremely grateful for the generous donations and pledges already received from key donors, and this campaign is one we hope will be a full community effort. Your generosity will help us reach our $2.5 million goal and allow us to finalize the project debt free. Your donations will be key to our reaching this goal. Your participation will bring excitement to this campaign and add life to our new facility. The success of our shared commitment will be a powerful symbol of the strength and passion of our community. Our fervent hope is that this fundraising effort will also yield additional resources to increase our endowment for the support of BACS into the future.

On behalf of all who will gather, work, learn, play, and worship in these new spaces, we thank you for thoughtfully considering your contribution to this effort.

Photo renderings created by Metcalfe Architecture and Designs.