Sundays: 8:30am and 11:15am and 6:00pm
Wednesdays: 12:15pm and 6:30pm

The Bridge

Welcome to The Bridge, 1400 Lady Street

FAQ

When are the coffee shop, book service, and library available to the public?

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:30 a.m. till 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, closed.
Sunday - book service and library are available to the congregation*, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.; 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. and 7:15 - 9:00 p.m. The Coffee Shop is closed on Sunday.
*NOTE: The Bridge is reserved on Sunday’s for Senior High and College only from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

What can I expect at the Coffee Shop?

Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. you will find limited self-service coffee offering.
Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 9:00 p.m. you will find full-service offerings with baristas.
Whenever the Coffee Shop is open, you will find a great place to meet a friend.

Is food available at the Coffee Shop?

Light snacks are available. All snacks are pre-packaged. Food preparation is not available.
If there is no barista there when you visit the Coffee Shop, please deposit your payment in the honor box.

Coffee Shop Menu

Coffees

Self-service coffees: Regular and Decaf Drip -  $1.00
Barista specialty coffees: French Press, Pour-Over, Espresso - $1.00

Hot Drinks

Tea, Hot Chocolate - $1.00

Cold Drinks

Coke Items, Minute Maid Juice - $1
Gold Peak Tea, PowerAde, Dasani - $1.50
Smart Water - $2

Snacks

Biscotti - $0.25
Moon Pies, P-nut Butter Crackers, rice Crispy Treats, Teddy Grahams, Welch’s Fruit Snacks, White Cheddar Popcorn - $0.50
Veggie Chips, Yogurt - $0.75
Kashi bar, Special K Bar - $1.00

Reminder - If there is no barista there when you visit the Coffee Shop, please deposit your payment in the honor box.

Backstory

Excerpt from "First Things" Vol. LXVII No. 5, January 29, 2017

The Bridge

Our church stands at a threshold - a new era of Gospel ministry - with the opening of The Bridge. As with every new beginning, there is a story behind the story. What brings us to this special and exciting place?
For decades, some of the church's officers dreamed about the building at the corner of Lady and Marion Streets, and asked, "What should we do if that property ever becomes available?" In 2013, rumors began to circulate that SCANA might indeed sell the building, which served as an executive office and customer service center since the 1970's. Importantly, the 30,000 square foot building also included more than an acre of land stretching from Lady to Gervais Street, with valuable parking. Though affectionately linked with First Presbyterian Church through proximity of location and community relationships, SCANA was required to offer the building for sale publicly. There would be a sealed-bid auction of the property, and great interest was generated in the downtown market when the "For Sale" signs went up!


In true Presbyterian fashion, the Session responded by forming a committee to study important questions: Are we in a financial position to purchase the property? How much is the property worth? Do we have both a short-term plan and a long-term need for additional space? The answer at each turn was a resounding "Yes!" In God's providence, a number of internal and affiliated ministries were growing rapidly, including our College Ministry, Youth Ministry, Women of the Church, the FPC Counseling Center, and the Columbia campus of Erskine Seminary. Additionally, our own ministerial staff, music staff, support staff, library, and bookstore were scattered around the church campus, making coordination and communication a challenge. We were bursting at the seams. It was a red-letter day in February 2015 when God, in his goodness, allowed us to prevail in the auction at a price approved by our officers.


Fast forward two years through a mountain of work by successive, special committees: a Facilities Acquisition Committee, a Facilities Usage Committee, a Capital Campaign Committee and, finally, an Implementation Committee. Each committee was comprised of members of our congregation with experience and training in the legal, financial, engineering, architectural, real estate, construction, and interior design fields. At each key step in the process, the Lord kept opening doors, bringing us to the grand opening that is just around the corner.


In every way, the name, the architecture, and even the new logo for The Bridge express our desire to open our arms to the Columbia community. Join us Sunday, February 5, for a tour and celebration of the new facility. May its true beauty and function be, as was said of the Sanctuary at its dedication in 1853, "The glory of the Lord, risen upon it."

Ken Wingate
Chairman of Session’s Implementation Committee

 


This page last updated February 28, 2017.