This Week at St. Stephen’s–January 22, 2012


This week we come to the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the unveiling of the design drawings for our renovations. There shouldn’t be any surprises. The drawings will show exactly what we have been talking about for the last two years: an elevator and entrance ramp; new barrier-free washrooms; flexible worship space; and, “behind the walls”, upgraded electrical, heating and plumbing services.

We would not have arrived at this moment without the enormous efforts of Keith Moe and our Building Renovation Action Group (BRAG), Jack and Heather Walker and the Open Doors campaign team, and Ross Marsh and Margaret Dawkins of Ross Marsh & Associates, our fund-raising consultants.

We engaged Ross Marsh in the winter of 2010 to help us build a strategy for raising the monies for a project that, in its entirety, would have had a price tag of over $4 million. That spring they carried out a feasibility study that told us $1.1 million was achievable within our own congregation, with other funds pursued through various church and public grants. They were right. We have raised over $1 million to date, and applications are now being submitted to various funding agencies for the enlargement of the work.

But none of this would have been possible without you, our active and dedicated church members. Clearly, you caught the vision—that an ageing church building can actually be part of our mission and ministry (rather than an impediment)—and you stepped forward to make it happen. Thank you!

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