This Week at St. Stephen’s–February 26, 2012


Suddenly things are moving very quickly toward the renovation of our church buildings!

Members of BRAG have made an application to CADA (Calgary Arts Development Association). The application is for $795,000 toward the creation of “incubation” art space, that is, public space that allows new and smaller arts groups to rehearse, perform, and run their organizations. Our presentation was well received last week and we will find out on March 16, 2012, if CADA will forward our application directly to City Council.

Other applications have gone out for a Federal Enabling Accessibility Grant, a Provincial Community Facilities Enhancement Program grant, and two matching grants from the Anglican Foundation and the Anglican Diocese of Calgary.

Meanwhile, four sub-groups of BRAG are fanning out to obtain estimates for furniture and fixtures for the renovated church space. These include: the chairs to replace the pews; new AV equipment; organ upgrades; and ecclesiastical furnishings (a new altar and hangings).

In a another development, we have just learned that Spiritual Directions, the personal growth resource centre run from our rectory, will be closing its doors at the end of March. So suddenly, the rectory now comes into play as well as we consider our options for building renewal.

There is no word yet on the timing of the renovations themselves, as that will be set once we have received tenders for the work. To keep up to date with this fast-paced project, look for an occasional column called BRAGGING here in the bulletin and online.

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