The groundbreaking for the installation of an elevator, new ground-level atrium and accessible washrooms at St. George’s, London.
By Linda CousinsSunday, June 5th dawned with a grey threatening sky, but by the time the 10:30 liturgy was finished a brief break in the clouds allowed for the celebration of the official groundbreaking for Accessible Faith, the Renew project at St. George’s London.
Co-adjutor Bishop Linda Nicholls was guest preacher and presider and brought greetings from the Diocese. MP Peter Fragiskatos and MP Irene Mathyssen brought greetings from the Government of Canada who provided funding through their Enabling Accessibility Fund. Also present were John Clement – President of the Blackfriars Neighbourhood Association and the lead architect for the project David Baker from Wasylko Architects Ltd.
The goal of Accessible Faith is to serve our parish, our neighborhood, and our community more effectively by making our parish facilities fully accessible to all who come to seek support and comfort, to celebrate milestones, and to join with us in worship.
To fulfil this mission, our Renew project consists of the installation of an elevator, new ground-level atrium and accessible washrooms to ensure complete access to the Church and Parish Hall. To date almost $420,000 has been raised towards the cost of the project.
By bringing our vision to life we will be able to continue to welcome newcomers of all ages to our parish, host diverse organizations from across our community, and invite those formerly unable to join us to come home to our renewed space. By ensuring the accessibility of our building we will better be able to fulfil our mission as Christ’s disciples now and in the coming decades.
Linda Cousins is the chair of Renew: Accessible Faith at St. George’s, London
Photo by Evan Agnew: Coadjutor Bishop of Huron Linda Nicholls at the groundbreaking at St. George’s, London, on June 5, 2016.
Featured photo by Evan Agnew: Rev. Canon Dr. Timothy G. Connor, Rector of St. George’s