Everyone is talking about it: the construction fencing is down and here we are! A stroll down Franklin Street reveals a lovingly designed and carefully constructed addition that fulfills our growing needs and enhances our historic worship spaces. Church, chapel, and parish hall are gracefully set back to embrace the site and welcome all who approach.
Hartman-Cox architects designed the new building to reflect our long history, to last for another 150 years, and to defer to the church and the chapel. The attention to detail is spectacular; the refurbishment of tired old spaces most welcome. The result is a building that looks like it’s always been here.
Without question, this building will enable us to initiate a new era through the goals of the original and visionary master plan:
- Create an ambience of gracious welcome that conveys hospitality, a sense of place, and a spiritual home
- Maintain a strong connection to the campus and the community
- Provide a physical plant that is safe and secure, with clear circulation and functional organization
- Foster our stewardship of our extraordinary buildings
The human scale of the new parish hall goes back to the very human scale of our parish. We’ve always been here. And we look forward to being here for a long time to come.
You are here. As autumn begins and we return to our full service schedule, open our new building, and begin a new era of worship and ministry, watch for ways to get oriented physically and grounded spiritually in our new home. We are preparing maps and signs, planning gatherings large and small, and highlighting the involvement of diverse and varied parishioners in the work of the Chapel of the Cross.
Come to one of the five services on September 7, participate in the Outreach and Engagement Fair on September 28, and celebrate the dedication of the building on October 5. Begin to discern how you will be present at the Chapel of the Cross and what your gifts will be as we live into our legacy.
This fall we will also open the 2015 annual fund campaign, You Are Here. The annual fund supports our programming, outreach ministry, building upkeep, and staff. Just a few weeks remain in 2014 — is your Spirit at Work pledge up to date?