The Maker's Center

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Hours

Monday-Thursday | 10 AM-6 PM
Friday | 10 AM-9 PM
Saturday | 10 AM-6 PM
Sunday | Closed

Tour

To visit the Maker’s Center, please call (681) 265-3745 to schedule a time.

Help

From teaching classes to donating supplies, see how you can get involved with The Maker’s Center.

What is The Maker’s Center?

An innovative, gospel-centered approach inspiring local residents to imagine a brighter future.

The Maker’s Center is the home of an initiative for those in recovery, school children, and the community. It is comprised of three areas: a technology lab, a woodshop, and an art studio.

The Maker’s Center is similar to the worldwide makerspace movement which offers nonprofit, collaborative, community workshops where groups of people pool their resources (usually tools, technology, and art) for the common good of making, learning, exploring, and sharing.

  • At most makerspaces, you pay a low monthly fee­­­l—like at a gym—but instead of exercising your body, you exercise your mind and your hands.
  • Many makerspaces give you access to tools like 3D printers, robotics, electronics, computers, word-working tools, and art supplies… but a makerspace can include anything its members want the space to include.
  • Think of it as a community garage.

What’s important to remember about a makerspace is that you actually make stuff.

It is built around the belief…

 “You have skills to share with me, and I have skills to share with you.”

    What will the Maker’s Center Do?

    The Maker’s Center will infuse our city with gospel hope as we:

    • Encourage learning.
    • Provide community.
    • Celebrate growth (both in ourselves and in our neighbors as we dream, learn, innovate, create, and invest in a brighter future together).

    The Maker’s Center will initially focus on:

    • Providing building-construction classes.
    • Partnering with Mary C. Snow Elementary (providing opportunities for technology education to students).
    • Offering sewing classes.
    • Providing driver’s education classes.

    FAQs

    What's the story behind the Maker's Center?

    The Maker’s Center story begins almost a decade ago when several of our members discovered “makerspaces” in the larger cities and neighboring states.

    A makerspace is a nonprofit, collaborative, community workshop where a group of people pools their resources (usually tools, technology, and art) for the common good of making, learning, exploring, and sharing.

    • At most makerspaces, you pay a low monthly fee­­­–like at a gym–but instead of exercising your body, you exercise your mind and your hands.
    • Many makerspaces give you access to tools like 3D printers, robotics, electronics, computers, word-working tools, and art supplies… but a makerspace can include anything its members want the space to include.
    • Think of it as a community garage.

    What’s important to remember about a makerspace is that you actually make stuff.

    Author and university professor, John Spencer, writes:

    I see a makerspace as simply a space designed and dedicated to hands-on creativity. The key thing is that members actually make something. Creativity is always idea-generation, and it often includes problem-solving. But in a makerspace, you actually create some kind of product. It might be a digital product or a physical product. But there is an actual product. It’s a space devoted to and set up for making.

    Many makerspaces offer classes, events, and interest groups to share skills and knowledge. They are built around the belief…

     “You have skills to share with me, and I have skills to share with you.”

    The idea of a makerspace can be difficult to grasp for someone who has grown up with a building full of tools, a garage big enough for special projects, and with family or mentor-support. However, try to imagine…

    • Living in a home or apartment that doesn’t include a garage or tool shed.
    • Not having the tools to build what you want to build, not having the money to buy the technology you want to buy, or not having the space to create the art you want to create.
    • Needing a teacher or mentor to advance your career or a desired hobby, but not knowing where to find such a person.

    With even greater urgency, imagine that you are without a job. Every time you apply for a job the app asks you to list your skills, but you really don’t have any.

    Where would you go to acquire employable skills? In hundreds of cities around the world, you would go to a makerspace.

    Several of our leaders were burdened that such a space didn’t exist in the greater Charleston area. In short, God brought everything together–the building, leaders, and tools–to launch The Maker’s Center in 2020.

    Why "The Maker's Center" name?

    While our initiative is similar to other makerspaces worldwide, we desire to emphasize that God is the Maker of heaven and earth. All our creating, designing, and innovation prove that we were made in the Maker’s image.

    The Maker’s Center name complements Bible Center Church.

    Why launch The Maker's Center?

    In short, the Maker’s Center was launched to provide another opportunity for Bible Center Church to be present in the city and to further our mission of glorifying God by producing more maturing followers of Jesus.

    Launching the Maker’s Center:

    • Gives us a greater presence in the city
    • Is a billboard for gospel renewal
    • Helps us obey Jesus’ second greatest commandment
    • Creates gospel conversations with people who may not drive to our church
    • Is a tangible expression of our values
    • Fits our vision
    • Fits our history.

    For a more detailed explanation, please download the purpose statement.

    How will memberships work?

    In summary, anyone can initially explore The Maker’s Center to see if it’s a fit for them. After that, memberships can be obtained in two ways: 

    1. By paying a low monthly fee*
    2. By earning a monthly membership through the taking of specific classes

     *More details to come.

    How You Can Help

    Donate

    Monetarily or by providing needed supplies and equipment 

    Volunteer

    Mentors, teachers, helpers, graduation volunteers, grounds/maintenance. Indicated areas in which you’re interested, or make a suggestion for something new!

    Ask Questions

    We’ll be glad to help!

    Want to learn more?

    Check out Pastor Matt’s Sunday message about this initiative in our city.

    Location

    602 Patrick Street
    Charleston, WV 25387

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