We Have a New Parish Hall! How Did We Get Here?
In 2013 the vestry of St. John’s realized that we had outgrown our existing buildings. We felt called to do more for our congregation and community, prayed and discerned before making plans to improve our facilities to better serve the community.
In 2014, the vestry hired Episcopal Church Foundation to help us prayerfully develop a proper plan to determine and eventually reach our goals. We hosted small group meetings throughout the congregation and, as a result, developed a questionnaire to assess the priorities and financial capabilities of St John’s. The results of the survey revealed the congregation desired to build a new parish hall that could be an asset to our mission, ministries, and the community.
In 2015 the vestry launched a three-year capital campaign to raise funds for a new parish hall. The St. John’s community successfully completed fundraising in 2018. The careful and diligent work of the construction committee, appointed by the Vestry, resulted in the debt-free construction of a wonderful new parish hall for fellowship, service, and ministry.
2019: What’s Next?
Your vestry is very proud of the hard work and generosity of our entire congregation leading to this day. We are excited to continue our mission as the hands of Christ in the world.
The Vestry has identified four projects that we believe will need to be completed to allow our facilities to fully support the mission and ministry in which our parish is engaged.
1) Furnish the new building
2) Sound reduction in the new parish hall
3) Expand the sacristy and create a new nursery and Godly Play classroom in the old parish hall
4) Relocate offices to the old parish hall
The purchase of furnishings will allow us to set up our amazing new parish hall for our mission. Improving the acoustics in the new parish hall will make the space more comfortable for large social events. We also hope to repurpose the old parish hall, a goal that was identified as a part of the plan developed in 2014. This would allow us to bring the offices over to the church building, expand the sacristy, and upgrade the nursery. It would also allow us to construct a proper space for Godly Play, a new Christian Formation class that we have added since the original plans were made. This will increase efficiency for our campus as our priest, deacon, and administrator will be centrally located and more easily accessible to the community.
Construction of the new parish hall expended all the funds raised during our 2015 capital campaign, so we will need to raise the funds to complete these projects. The Vestry’s careful estimate of funding needed to complete these projects is approximately $100,000.