Getting ready to celebrate 300 years–Sanctuary Enhancement & Accessibility

Getting ready to celebrate 300 years–Sanctuary Enhancement & Accessibility

At our recent congregational meeting, we voted to pursue a detailed plan to renovate our sanctuary, improving accessibility, adding modern functionality, and reducing energy use. It is a beautiful plan that is the first step in our preparations for the congregation’s 300th anniversary in 2027. We can’t worship in person right now, but imagine how thrilling it will be to return to a renovated sanctuary as soon as it is safe!

A fundraising campaign for this work is NOW LIVE. We’re calling the campaign $300K for 300 years. To participate in the campaign, please complete THIS PLEDGE FORM.

The renovation includes several exciting elements:

  • Glass entry doors to make the front of the building more welcoming
  • A redesign of the chancel (front of the sanctuary) to make more space for worship activities and other cultural or arts uses
  • New Paint & Flooring
  • Reconfiguring the pews to expand accessibility and allow worshipers to see one another better
  • Upgrading technology to allow people to participate in worship even if they cannot be with us physically in the Sanctuary
  • Attic ventilation to improve air flow and reduce demand on air conditioning

More details can be found in the report of the Sanctuary Enhancement & Accessibility committee, led by Janice Smith. If you would like more information or to add your comments to the plans, please attend one of two meetings on Wed., Feb 3 at 4:00 pm OR 8:00 pm (on the church’s Zoom).

We are pleased to share depictions of how the improvements might look after work is completed.

Glass entry doors, from the lower narthex

Chancel redesign

Pew reconfiguration

Ceiling paint

I hope you will join me in participating in this exciting effort by:

  1. Pledging financial gifts to the $300K for 300 Years Fund;
  2. Attending one of the two information meetings on Feb 3 (4:00 pm or 8:00 pm)
  3. Volunteering to help prepare the building for the work (contact Devan in the church office if you can help)

Can’t wait until I “see you in church,”

Suzanne, Stewardship Director