Re-Launching of Sacred Sound and Space
Sacred Sound and Space Campaign Re-launch
Feb. 7, 2021
I am here today to announce the re-launch of Christ Church’s Sacred Sound and Space Capital Campaign.
Active fund-raising for the Campaign was paused almost a year ago due to the Covid-19 pandemic so let me refresh your memory about the campaign.
It has as its objective the renewal of our worship space, The Nave. More specifically, after involving the parish in a Feasibility Study we identified six projects that had broad parish support.
- The replacement of our failing organ and some work in the balcony to accommodate and support the new one.
- Improving the acoustics of The Nave by
- Removing the old, worn carpet and restoring the 150 year old heart pine floors covered by the carpet.
- Stiffening the ceiling
- Taking care of deferred maintenance needs such as
- Replacing the broken lighting control system.
- Refurbishing and refinishing our pews.
I believe that all the good things at Christ Church start in the Nave. In the Nave together we sing hymns and we pray and affirm our faith as we say the creeds. Perhaps it is silent prayer and contemplation that speaks to you. Our worship in The Nave is what motivates us to go out and do good in the world and the Sacred Sound and Space Campaign aims to renew that worship space.
As I said earlier, we paused find raising early last year and at that time almost 200 parishioners had pledged just under $1,200,000.00. We need another $300,000.00.
So what have we been doing since we paused the Campaign?
Our original plan was to do the non-organ related projects later this year. That would have required shutting The Nave down for worship for a number of months. As it turned out the pandemic beat us to it so we took advantage of our inability to worship in The Nave and moved a number of projects up by a year.
We have removed the old carpet and restored our 150-year-old heart pine floor.
We removed all the pews and had them refurbished and refinished. They should be installed within a few weeks. They will have new kneelers, cushions, and book racks.
We replaced the broken lighting control system and relocated the controls from the balcony to the Narthex.
We cleaned the ceiling – believe me, it needed it. We re-affixed loose ceiling boards, patched numerous large gaps (with the attic lights on and The Nave lights out you could see lots of light coming from the attic). We also reinforced and stiffened the ceiling from above which will enhance the acoustics of The Nave. And for the first time in 150 years there will be insulation above the ceiling which will reduce energy usage.
While all this work was going on, using funds from other sources and generous gifts from individual parishioners we
- Significantly increased the brightness of the lighting.
- Painted the wainscoting and white walls
- Made significant improvements in the way light comes through the altar window, something we have struggled with ever since we built the Chapel.
So we have done everything included in the Campaign except the new organ which will be installed in 2023. We have done these things on time and on budget and have utilized many local workers to do it at a time when the local economy was struggling.
I look forward to worshipping in The Nave again.
I look forward to being able to see the hymnal and Prayer Book.
I look forward to hearing music, sermons, the scriptures, the prayers and the creeds reflected back by our floor and ceiling rather than being absorbed by them.
I look forward to 2023 when a glorious new organ built specifically for our Nave will be installed, not an organ that will last forty or fifty years but one that will last for many generations of worshippers.
And I look forward to experiencing all these things with you.
We only have three things left to do.
- Some adjustments to the balcony to accommodate the new organ.
- The installation of the new organ.
- And finishing the fund-raising. We need at least $300,000.00 in additional pledges. We are resuming solicitation of pledges today and hope to conclude by June.
If you have not pledged please consider doing so. No pledge is too large and no pledge is too small. Every member counts.
You know, we are fortunate. We have a beautiful and inspiring place to worship. Not long after the Civil War it was faithfully re-built following a fire. It was provided to us by those who came before us. This is our chance to renew it and provide for those who will come after us.
Please help us reach the finish line.