Our site plan is almost finalized and the Capital Campaign well under way. You can read more about our latest updates and visioning process below.
Recent Plan Updates (12/1/20)
An earlier iteration of the architectural plans was shared with the congregation at Coffee Hour on July 26, 2020 and in a follow-up email. Those schematics included the addition of an Advocacy or Day Center intended to be used, primarily, by our neighbors experiencing homelessness to check email, do a load of laundry, meet with a social worker, or take a shower. Based on your feedback and further discussion, the current revision has moved what is currently being called the “Day Center” to the former stand-alone preschool building. This better addresses the concern about how the space will be shared with Sunday School, since those classrooms already have a number of cabinets in them and have ample space for storing supplies and fold-up or stackable child-height furniture.
This will also help us avoid doing any remodeling in that area until we know more about what the needs of the Day Center are. We will, however, install a stackable washer/dryer, shower and rear exit. The location will also better connect this building to the Showers of Blessings on Saturdays, and give the Sunday School children access to the attached existing side play yard.
Although an earlier iteration moved the main play yard from its current location, grading issues caused us to eliminate that plan. However, we are still able to convert the areas between the buildings into a welcoming courtyard area. Church offices and the Friendship Lounge/Youth area will now be located in the old wing of the church building as contemplated in our original plans.
The Friendship Lounge will also serve as a gathering area for other fellowship activities when not occupied by the youth. Additionally, because our goal is to maximize the usability of all of our spaces, we’ll replace the heavy chapel chairs used in the Nursery with stackable chairs and a fold-up conference table—so the area can serve as a meeting room during the week.
Other feedback led us to shift the moveable altar and other liturgical elements from the side chapel area to an east wall of the church (near the acolytes’ former seating area). This makes the outdoor spaces more accessible through the new doors on the north wall of the sanctuary. And, by removing the existing three pews and the accompanying privacy screen, the entire side area becomes completely flexible space which could be used for an orchestra, an expanded family area, or more intimate worship space as the need arises.
St. Andrew's Future
Imagine St. Andrew’s in 2048. What do you see? Your vestry considered that question as we embarked on a process of strategic planning in early 2016. In the wake of the campus fires that fall, through a series of vigorous discussions, a vision of St. Andrew’s future emerged–a North Star to guide the path ahead. To assist us in making our dreams reality, we engaged the services of an architecture firm and capital campaign consultants.
In the conceptual phase with domusstudio, we've learned how updated, expanded, and replaced facilities will best reflect our vision. Likewise, VIP Consulting has helped us launch a very successful capital campaign (as of 4/1/19, we are at $1.3M on our way to a $2M goal). Attached is the campaign brochure, a letter of commitment and our current conceptual plans. We invite you to join us in committing to our audacious goal as we answer God’s call to fulfill St. Andrew’s mission in a hungry world.
This diagram encapsulates the idea that we believe our journey of discipleship calls us to do more than just worship together on Sundays. Rather, our vision has us living into other areas as well, including Learning Collaboratively, Serving Others, and Building Community.