Extreme Makeover: Church Edition – Part 1

With 4 months to go before the launch of The Well, preparations are well underway (no pun intended!). I’ve blogged quite a bit regarding the nature of this ministry initiative, but I have said very little about the shape of the physical environment. While the character of the ministry is paramount, my reality for the next two months will be the ‘nuts & bolts’ of the physical space being utilized for The Well.

First up is painting our Sports Hall. The existing look is partly ‘tired’ and partly an awkward mix of yellow and green (see pic below).

As you can see, we also have some drywall work to be done behind the basketball net. This is a big job, made easier through the donation of time and equipment from my good friend, Jim Allan, who is an elder at Fraser Presbyterian Church (my former congregation). Additionally, we’ll be painting the entrance to the Sports Hall, which also has a tired, blue-gray appearance (see pic below). Not sure if these walls have seen a coat of paint in a few decades.

Don’t worry, the wood is being left untouched–it is beautiful, and we hope to excentuate that with the sandstone (light beige) colour paint on the walls.

Once the painting is done, we need some extensive electrical work done to handle the increased power draw from things like a/v equipment, guitars, coffee makers and additional lighting.

I’ve been searching far and wide for comfortable, stackable, and affordable chairs. By the way, I had no idea chairs could be so expensive! The model that best fits the criteria can be viewed here. We need between 120 and 150 chairs, so the total cost will be substantial. I’m also on the lookout for ‘coffee house’ type furniture for our ‘Coffee Corner’. Again, comfortable and affordable are key. If you have any suggestions, please email me…otherwise the search begins at Ikea.

Next up is the video equipment: giant retractable screen and projector. I’ve got a few leads here I’m currently following.

Speaking of audio/video, this is the one area where we still have a personnel void. We’ve got a handful of volunteers signed up to help, but we still need a ‘point person’, who is competent to set up our Sunday line-up of announcements, music lyrics, and video footage. Please pray for our search.

We’ve had three Team Leader meetings so far, and I’m hugely encouraged by the energy, commitment, and faith of our volunteers. I’m hoping, expecting, and praying that progress will be fast and furious over the next couple of months, so check back here to track the transformation.

Are you able to help us in some way? Let’s be in touch. I’d be grateful for your support on any, and every, level.