Worshipers this Sunday will be unable to wander the church. The flooring in the narthex and in the hallways will have received their protective sealant so those areas will be out-of-bounds. Which is too bad. Because the recent progress has been stunning.
The finishing touches have been applied to the church and chapel, including the reinstallation of the altar rails in the chapel and the fitting of the old altar frontispiece into the reredos. Oak panels have been inserted where the curtains used to hang and the tabernacle has been moved forward to a more convenient location in the chancel.
Downstairs the washrooms have received all their fixtures, and the millwork has been installed in the Creation Space (the former Bethlehem and Nazareth Rooms). The connecting ramp to the lower Memorial Hall has been fitted with handrails (not so attractive perhaps, but mandatory).
Outdoors, the concrete for the ramp will have been poured by this weekend, making the church accessible from the street once again, and the damaged front steps are being repaired.
Finally, the new font, ambo and altar have arrived, though they will remain veiled until the opening. The accessories—a refurbished processional cross, a new paschal stand, and two new processional torches—will be completed by the end of next week.
Behind closed doors our new world is taking shape.