Finishing touches, and then the Big Reveal
With the structural work complete, the contractors are now attending to the many details that count for so much in making the space inviting. The floors and walls are being finished, trim and mouldings are being installed, and the Garnsworthy room kitchen is being readied for appliances.
Now that the chapel space has been integrated with the sanctuary, the sanctuary floor space has the layout of the cross, a nice symbolic gesture. On the wall of the left transept (chapel area), we have installed the stone sculptures created by E.B. Cox and donated to St. John’s. These include the sheep carrying the cross, and the seven smaller pieces that show seven significant symbols of our faith. On the wall in the right transept are the angel windows, which were formerly in the foyer. These windows have been contributed by parishioners over the years. Thanks to new backlighting, the beautiful etchings on these windows show themselves in dramatic style, and will be a focal point for people as they walk into the sanctuary.
The audio-visual installers are installing the new projection and sound systems. We are replacing the central roll-down screen with two screens off to the sides. The new screens are bright and clear, and less intrusive than the old screen – congregants can continue to follow the service on screen, while having a clear view of the entire chancel including the Good Shepherd stained-glass window.
It’s a Sign!
As our renovation project draws to a close, we are beginning to see the little touches that will make this renewal very special. The sign pictured here, while not a part of the renovation project itself, has appeared in time for re-opening on October 19. The project for improved signage has been in progress for several years. Now, thanks to the diligent efforts of Brian Hull, Faye Roberts and Drew MacDonald, more people will be able to find our church on the hill and know who we are!
In addition to the name on our building we have beautiful new directional signs at the corner of Don Ridge Drive and Old Yonge Street near the church, as well as the intersection of Lord Seaton Road and Upper Canada Drive for drivers arriving via highway 401. These new signs feature our logo, replacing the generic Anglican Church of Canada signs that were there before.
Most significantly, we will have a two new illuminated signs, one by the Lychgate on Old Yonge Street, and another one by the Kaye Gate which is visible to motorists and pedestrians on Yonge Street. This sign will have a changeable electronic message that will be kept up-to-date with news of events happening at SJYM.
Once people find us with the help of these new signs, we hope that our beautiful new space and welcoming community will encourage them to come back often!
Our first service in the newly-renovated sanctuary will be on October 19. We expect that there will still be a few finishing details not yet complete, but nevertheless it will be a wonderful day as we see the fruits of our labours. Following the service, we will hold the annual Vestry meeting in the sanctuary.
On November 2, Archbishop Colin Johnson will join us at the 10 a.m. service to officially dedicate the renovated sanctuary and facilities. This will mark the official opening of the rejuvenated space in which we will continue to worship and praise God, and to celebrate our faith, as we get ready to move into St. John’s third century.