We have some very unfortunate news to share about our Torrance Campus. The heavy rain on Thursday overwhelmed the termite tenting taking place at the Torrance campus, and at 8am this morning a portion of the lobby roof collapsed, releasing heavy rain and our broken sprinkler system water into the building.
As of this moment, nearly the entire building is flooded with 1-2 inches of standing water and the building has been deemed unsafe for use. Thankfully, no one was inside the Torrance campus when the roof section broke, and the building owner, Torrance emergency services, and our facility staff leapt into action and have already secured the right company to begin the cleaning and rebuilding process.
Starting Sunday, February 4, 2024, we will not have services at our Torrance campus until the restoration process is complete, which will certainly take several months.
During this season, we will be ONE CHURCH in ONE LOCATION as we gather together at the Manhattan Beach campus at 1243 Artesia Blvd. If you regularly attend Torrance and you are not able to make the drive over to the Manhattan Beach campus, I want to encourage you to check out one of the other healthy churches in the Torrance area. One in particular, Kings Harbor Church, is right around the corner from the Torrance campus at 23915 Garnier St. Our greatest desire is that we all work together to keep pursuing God, even while our campus is closed.
As we spend this unexpected season making space for insurance companies, construction workers, city inspectors, and other service providers to do their good work, Alex and the Torrance team will be planning several fun ways for the Torrance campus community to stay connected outside of church, to support each other and keep our Torrance campus identity strong. And, when the time is right, it will be a time of great celebration and joy as we relaunch back into the Torrance building.
For the time being, if you have any concerns of questions, please reach out to Rachael or Alex. While we are all shocked and sad that the building is out of commission, we truly believe that God will use this unexpected drama to release us into a new season of vibrancy and mission in the Torrance area.