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Eagle Brook Church may hold services at local school

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A church might be finding a new home in Woodbury at East Ridge High School.

Eagle Brook Church, which has existing locations in Lino Lakes, White Bear Lake, Spring Lake Park and Blaine, is looking to find space for members who attend from the east metro.

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"We have a large number of individuals and families who come from the Woodbury, Hudson, Oakdale area, to our current campuses," said Executive Pastor Scott Anderson. "We look at where people are coming from and just kind of expand in those areas."

The church purchased a 40-acre property in Woodbury last year at the northeast corner of the city, near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Manning Avenue, with hopes to build a church in the future.

But for now, Anderson said after looking at different commercial and retail buildings, the most feasible option was to house church services at the school.

School officials are in talks with the church on an agreement to lease the building possibly beginning this fall.

"We're expecting to launch with Sunday services and use it very much in the way that other churches that exist in schools do," Anderson said.

It's not uncommon for churches to hold activities in public schools, he added. The church will act as a tenant and will not interfere with students' day-to-day routine.

"It's a value to the school system because of the rental income in tight economic times. It's a good fit," Anderson said.

Although details have not been finalized, the church would use some of the classrooms for evening gatherings and the auditorium for Sunday service.

South Washington County School Board will discuss the matter at its May 19 meeting. No information will be released prior to the meeting, according to district officials.

Communications Director Barb Brown said the district and church are still in the midst of an agreement, and details could not be released.

Anderson said there is no timeline for when the new Woodbury campus will be built but he hopes that within one and a half years it will be ready, for the "hundreds of families" who come from Woodbury.

"Our current locations are too full and we need an option somewhere over in that area to begin sooner rather than later," he said. "Simply because we don't have any room in our White Bear Lake and Lino Lake campuses."

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Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.
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