OGDEN -- The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is expanding its church and its mission.
The new Ed and Mary Garrison Youth and Education Center was dedicated Oct. 10, signaling the beginning of the growth of the church's youth outreach, said Jay Stretch, lay Eucharist minister.
Carolyn Tanner Irish, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah, spoke at the dedication.
"Her presence, her prayer, her courage were utterly necessary for all of this," said the Rev. Peter Van Hook, interim rector, gesturing to the addition to the church at 2374 Grant Ave.
Irish prayed over the building, asking God to bless the church, the people and their mission.
"Peace to this house and all who enter it," she said, making the sign of the cross at the door.
Van Hook thanked Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey for the city's help in making the space for the addition possible. Godfrey said the city worked to clear a place for the youth center because it is important to Ogden.
"They (the church) have a history of doing great things with the youth. You can never have too many people focusing on the youth," he said.
The center will serve a wide variety of needs in the community, Van Hook said.
While exact uses will be determined in a needs assessment this winter, he said some proposed uses include providing a meeting place for community and self-help groups, a Christian education and fellowship center for the parish and for a youth program similar to Youth Impact, which began at Good Shepherd.
The church's Latino congregation also will determine what uses would best serve their outreach and fellowship needs.
Van Hook said Good Shepherd has been at that location for nearly a century and a half, beginning as a school, then opening the church building, so the opening of the Ed and Mary Garrison Youth and Education Center fits in with its historical mission.
He said making the addition fit the existing church architecturally was important
"Symbolically, the building is a continuation of the mission Good Shepherd has been doing for 140 years," he said.
Michael Garrison said his family is honored to have the building named for his parents.
Although his mother died last year, Garrison said she was excited about the center. He hopes the building helps the church magnify its mission in Ogden.
"She loved that this small church in the middle of Ogden was doing important work in the community."