Project will add more meeting and gathering space for this growing congregation
The renovation project, which has been in the planning and fund-raising stages for several years, will raise the building to add a second floor and bring much needed space to this growing congregation in the Village of Warwick.
The project, which is expected to take between four and six months, will cost just over a million dollars, all of which has been raised over several years with the support of the Episcopal Diocese of New York along with pledges and endowments from the congregation.
There also are some interior projects that will be completed as pledges continue to be fulfilled.
Increased meeting and gathering spaceThe project is a structural change that will increase meeting and gathering space, improve the size of and access to parish offices, update the public rest rooms and add more classrooms and meeting spaces.
Christ Church, located at 50 South St., is an anomaly in the New York Episcopal Diocese because it is the only parish outside of Westchester and New York City that is experiencing growth.
The congregation uses the parish hall for Sunday school, an active high school youth group and other educational services.
These programs are growing along with outreach ministries like the popular Saturday morning free pancake breakfast; a thriving thrift shop; and a busy schedule of meetings for various self-help groups are driving the need for more space.
The parish hall is also used as rehearsal space for Jubilate, the community youth choir of Warwick. The church often receives requests for non-profit groups looking for a place to gather.
Weekly services and all of the ministries at Christ Church will continue without disruption.
The church will be erecting a tent in their side yard for programs that would normally take place in the parish hall. For example, the Saturday morning community pancake breakfast will be served “al fresco” in the tent.
Local laborThe project is being managed by local general contractor, Greenway Technologies of Warwick. Greenway makes it a practice to hire local labor and has already brought Thom Woglom Construction on board as the carpenter. Woglom has been a part of the team throughout the design phase and has worked closely with Irace Architecture during the planning stages as well.
“The parish hall was built in 1965 and this is the first major update,” Woglom said. “It’s an interesting project for us because, while the footprint will not change, we are expanding the public space, increasing the universal design, improving the handicap accessibility and increasing the usable meeting rooms by 2,400 square feet.”
The Rev. Jim Erwin, who came to Christ Church in 2012, described the project as timely.
“The Warwick community has grown so much during the past 50 years and our congregation has experienced steady growth as well,” Erwin said, “In addition to improving the efficiency of the building, we look forward to providing a welcoming meeting place for the entire Warwick community.”