Anyone who has embarked on a home improvement project knows how quickly the scope of work can expand. Replacing a kitchen faucet leads to replacing the kitchen sink, which leads to new countertops and cabinets. Maybe you have been there.
That is where the Sanctuary Interior Committee (SIC) found themselves as they considered projects to commemorate Saint James’ 90th anniversary. The sound system finally broke down and needed replacement, the lighting was dim and replacement parts were no longer available, and the visual media in the church was another victim of the march of time and technology. The carpet was failing in many places and needed replacement.
Lights, audio/visual programing and flooring all fall into the maintenance category in a public building. What SIC proposed were four maintenance projects, with a tile flooring upgrade and built in hearing assist, which will benefit the congregation decades into the future.
This is a lot to complete and pay for at one time. The committee understands that there is some sticker shock in the pews. The SIC considered the costs of waiting or doing each project one at a time, and concluded that the need for all improvements was urgent. Drawing out implementation would affect our worship. Inflation would increase costs. There would be multiple sanctuary disruptions, and work would be inefficient if early projects need to be partially undone and then redone. The best use of time and resources was to run the projects concurrently.
When the work is completed, Saint James can offer a welcoming, accommodating, safe and flexible sanctuary environment as we carry out the work of spreading the Good News to God’s world.