Renovation Corner: May 5th

This week our renovations are all about chairs and pews. Bob Beaty is leading a team to begin dismantling the pews and preparing them for sale. A carpenter will cut them down to 3,4,5 and 6-foot lengths, and replace the end pieces. Then on Saturday, June 1, we will welcome the public for a massive sale. We will consider advance orders from church member (though prices have not yet been set).

BRAG members continue to study the options for chairs. They will be wood framed with upholstered seats and backs and each chair will have a kneeler. That much we know. But book racks diminish our ability to stack the chairs, so are we ready to worship bookless? The point of having chairs is to increase flexibility in our use of the nave area which requires the possibility of removing chairs that are not needed. Non-stackable chairs would have nowhere to go when they are not needed. So there is still more work to be done on this.

Meanwhile Brag is considering whether or not to include a labyrinth in the flooring of the nave. This would provide us with an important design feature would also serve for spiritual practice (like our weekly meditation group). But there is no provision for it under the budget, so it would have to either come from new donations or from our contingency fund.

Renovation Corner: April 28

Last week we received the word we were waiting for: the Province has granted us $125,000 from the Community Facility Enhancement Program to help make our buildings more accessible to the public. We now have the funds to complete the full scope of work we had originally envisioned for our renovations.

Next week our contractor, Karson Builders, will oversee the removal of asbestos from our old boiler room and from floor tiles and walls where it has been found. This could take several weeks to accomplish. Then the real work begins.