Officials with St. Luke’s United Methodist Church broke ground Aug. 2 on a new woodshop facility at 2614 Edloe St., Houston, directly across the street from the church's main Westheimer campus.

Volunteers, church members and staff gathered for an event Aug. 2 to celebrate the ceremonial start of construction on the 3,370-square-foot project.

The facility will feature indoor and outdoor workspaces as well as office and meeting space, according to an Aug. 2 news release. It will replace an existing, smaller workshop on Edloe Street.

Senior members of the church initially launched the facility as a way to share their woodcrafting skills and tools with the larger community, according to the release. In the past, it has been used to refinish church furniture, build sets for church theater productions and make thousands of wooden toys to donate to low-income children through programs across the U.S. Church members have also used the facility to build bookcases for children in Houston schools through a partnership with the nonprofit Kids Hope USA.

The project is one of several being funded through a church capital campaign. The campaign is also funding a community youth center under construction next to St. Luke’s Gethsemane church, 6856 Bellaire Blvd., as well as a completed restoration project of the church’s steeple at the Westheimer campus.