Renovation Update

The finish line is in sight!


Greeters in safety vestsReminder: During the renovation, the church remains open and our schedule of services has not changed. On Sunday mornings we gather at 8 a.m. for traditional quiet worship, and at 10 a.m. for contemporary family worship. Please enter by the east doors (facing the churchyard) and walk down the stairs to the auditorium. Children can go directly to the Sunday school on the main floor. For the barrier-free route, please enter by the west door (facing the hillside) and follow the path to the lift.


The Finish Line is in Sight

The chancel. Here you can see the acoustic baffles and the enhanced lighting in the ceiling.

The structural work is essentially complete, and we are in the final phase of the project, for both phase 1 (Garnsworthy room and offices) and phase 2 (sanctuary). The patio is complete; next comes the landscaping. The new tiled floors are almost all in place, and we are about to restore the original hardwood floors in the sanctuary. The kitchen cabinets have been installed, and the appliances are ready to be moved into their places. Painting is well under way. At the back of the sanctuary, the new family room, the rejuvenated tower entrance, and the new sound booth are taking shape. Soon we will be laying the carpet in the Garnsworthy room, family room, and offices.

The Design Committee: Decisions, Decisions

The kitchen adjoining the Garnsworthy room.

The Design Committee has spent a lot of time considering the finishes for the construction work – floor materials, cupboards and countertops, and colour schemes for the woodwork and painted surfaces. Now the Committee is turning its attention to the furnishings, choosing furniture that we hope will be beautiful, sturdy, and with a really contemporary feel. Above all we are looking for furniture that will be functional, and this has been a main focus throughout shopping trips and poring over websites and catalogs.

And Now, the Big Question

Looking toward the front of the sanctuary from the seating area.

When will everything be ready for our first services in the sanctuary? We are estimating that the new spaces will be available to us on the Sunday of the Thanksgiving weekend, October 12, or at the latest, on October 19 which is the date for the annual Vestry meeting. For the first services, the sanctuary may have a “bare bones” feeling as some finishing touches will follow later.

Mark your calendars for these important dates when we will be giving thanks to God for all our blessings here at St. John’s and most especially for a successful renovation and for a beautiful new spaces for worship. We are planning on November 2 as the day to officially dedicate and open the new sanctuary.

The Memorial Book: What will be Your Story?

In the sanctuary looking to the foyer and main entrance.

The Memorial Book committee is beginning its work of turning the book from a concept into a reality. We are now designing the book, and will soon be contacting people to give them the guidelines for their pages. Each contributor is free to choose items for their page – perhaps photos, perhaps records of life events such as baptisms and marriages, perhaps mementos from groups and activities, perhaps memorable stories, perhaps reflections on how St. John’s has played a part in your spiritual life.

It’s not too late to make a donation to the Renewal fund. Your contribution of $100 or more secures you a page in the Memorial Book. There are still many items to be purchased and opportunities for improvements, for the renovation and for the upcoming 200th anniversary. You are also welcome to donate personal time instead of money as there is still much work that needs to be done.

The Details for the Book

The new patio. Now all we need is some nice landscaping along with some nice weather.

Financial donations toward the Memorial Book can be made from your donations to Our Faith Our Hope or through a specific contribution to Renewal 2014. If you can contribute time and skill, please contact Sylvia McConnell (design committee) or Catherine Bryant (church administrator) to chat about matching your abilities and availability to the work at hand. If you will be a part of the Memorial Book, please be sure that the church office has your e-mail address.

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