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Grove Baptist Church Portsmouth, VA

Grove Baptist Church currently has over 5,300 parishioners and recently purchased thirty-five acres and commissioned Barnes Design Group to design a 3,400-seat sanctuary complete with administrative wings, Christian education rooms, youth complexes, gymnasiums, and complete nurseries. The design embraces an amphitheatre style of seating with a large chancel complete with high-tech screens and monitors throughout to assist in praise and worship and power point presentations. The exterior of the building is a striking and contemporary expression of open arms "inviting the community in". It also incorporates an all glass front, which communicates an "openness and transparency."