Kingdom Celebration Center in Odenton is looking to open a new day care center by early next year and is still seeking funds for the project.
The church, which meets in an office park on Blair Road, has leased about 4,000 square feet of space and hopes to open the Kingdom Kares child care center by January. It has raised about $100,000 for the project since June, and is seeking $50,000 more.
The non-profit center would be Christian-based, with spots for 53 children ranging in age from infants to four-year-olds. Contractors have already begun work on the center, and hope to build a playground behind the church.
"We want to help the community in whatever capacity we can," Bishop Antonio Palmer said. "We're located across from the MARC train...we feel we can serve commuters by having them drop their kids off here."
Kingdom Celebration Center opened last year and has about 120 members. The non-denominational church offers worship services on Sunday mornings, plus a bible study during the week and programs for youth. It also operates a food pantry and has partnerships with 16 churches in Africa.
Last week, it held a fundraising banquet and hosted more than 100 people.
Palmer and his wife, Barbara, said that the day care center will be made available to some low-income residents through government vouchers. Barbara Palmer said she also hoped to keep at least one spot available for mothers who have been the victims of domestic abuse.
"The members of our church have been very generous," Bishop Palmer said. "We're almost there."
For more information on Kingdom Celebration Center and to learn how to donate, go to www.K-C-C.org.