This Week at St. Stephen’s–December 11, 2011


As we wrap up our Open Doors capital campaign—closing in on our $1.1 million goal for the renewal of our church buildings—plans continue to develop for the renovations themselves. This past
week we received approval from the Diocese to hire an architect to assist us with detailed drawings. These will be presented to the congregation on Sunday, January 22, 2012, two weeks prior to our AGM, at which time we will be asked formally to approve the plans.

This phase of our renewal project will make all three levels of our church buildings fully accessible with the installation of an elevator and outdoor ramps. New barrier-free washrooms will be built,
enough to accommodate crowds of up to 400 people. The chapel and sanctuary will be updated to permit a wider range of uses, from worship to musical performances to art shows to yoga classes. We will also upgrade our “behind-the-walls” mechanical and electrical services.

Several aspects of the newly designed space will require us to balance our personal preferences with the new possibilities we are creating. For instance, will we want to design a special “apron stage” to accommodate those who prefer to kneel to receive their communion, or should we leave the space as open as possible? How important is it to have our “favourite pew”, if chairs would be both more flexible and more comfortable?

Change is both scary and exciting. But our motto has been “Think big. Act bold.” So be prepared to be amazed!

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