Capital Campaign to Replace the Parish Hall
In order to more fully support Church of Our Saviour’s mission and ministry as well as Care for Friends’ services, the new building will replace our existing parish hall built in the 1860s with a modern, three-story building. The new building will connect to our historic sanctuary while leaving our 150-year-old worship space unaltered.
Today, moving between the buildings requires a lot of going up and down stairs, along with use of an aging chair lift in the sanctuary and a "temporary" aluminum ramp that has been added to the front of the church building for over a decade.
The new building entrance will be at ground level, eliminating the need for an outdoor ramp system. This will allow us to finally remove the aluminum ramp from the main entrance to the church. The vestibule will offer an elevator as well as stairs and the main level of the community center will only be a few steps up from ground-level. The elevator will provide access to all three levels of the new building and an interior ramp will provide access to the church's main floor (nave).
All aspects of the design for the new building have taken into account accessibility needs and requirements.
The Main Level
The main entrance of the new building will be at ground level, directly off of the parking lot.
The main level of the building consists of a flexible gathering space that can accommodate a variety of programmatic needs. In addition to weekly Coffee Hours and other parish activities, the space will also be suitable for wedding receptions, graduation parties, and other income-generating rental opportunities.
There will also be a small conference room on this level for small groups to meet or wedding parties to use while getting ready for their big day.
A warming kitchen/break room will support Sunday morning coffee hour needs, movie nights, and other parish events. Our larger food preparation needs can be accommodated by the full, commercial kitchen on the lower level of the building.
The stairwell in our current building will be replaced by an entrance hall that provides access to the sanctuary and main level bathrooms. An elevator will provide access to the upper and lower levels.
There will also be two stairwells with access to all floors in the building and provide necessary emergency exits.
The Lower Level
The lower level of the building will have a commercial grade kitchen, pantry, flexible/office space, restrooms, and a multi-purpose space to accommodate the meals and support various services provided by Care for Friends.
The Upper Level
The upper level of the building will include classrooms for our weekly youth programs. This floor will also feature a small gathering space and the junior and senior high classrooms will be furnished with adult soft-seating and full A/V equipment for online or hybrid meetings.
We hope to make a portion of this level available for weekday rental to an outside tenant.
Life Under Construction
Construction will not begin until we have a financial plan in place that will allow us to complete the new building. When construction begins, we estimate it will take 18-24 months before the new space is complete.
During some phases of the work, we will need to function at a different location. We have been in discussion with Salvatore’s, a long-time neighborhood partner, as a likely temporary location of our Sunday worship services.
We are fortunate to have remodeled our rectory in 2011 for offices and small meeting spaces, which we will have access to throughout construction. We expect the rectory will serve as the temporary location for our Sunday School programs as well as mid-week programming and prayer space.
As we have throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to provide online and hybrid worship and program options.