For years we have struggled with these three problems:
We then took a hard look at the kitchen problem. We considered rearranging cupboards, moving interior walls, every possible renovation plan. Every idea came up short. Realising that no renovation, however grand, would be sufficient led us to conclude that an expansion beyond our current walls is the only way to go.
Expansion allows us to solve all three problems in one frighteningly large project: Outside our current kitchen and around the corner under our front entrance we will excavate and build a second kitchen and a large new storage room. We will move dishwashing to the new kitchen and use the old kitchen for cooking only. This is obviously more hygienic and allows better traffic flow when we bring food out to the Church Hall and dirty dishes back for washing. The new storage room will allow us to install a lift in the small storage room that now contains the freezer.
Upstairs the lift will take a bite out of the Sanctuary: the northern half of the back wall (with the picture of H.R.H. Prince Henrik) will move a few feet in to line up with the overhang. We will lose one pew in the north side and the historical display cabinet in the narthex.
A general meeting on Sunday, July 25th, 2010, decided to split the project in three phases and to go ahead with Phase One: Excavating and building the base building.
With all the permits finally in place, our contractor finally began excavating on November 22nd, 2010.
We gratefully acknowledge financial support for this project from
We are also grateful for our contractor, Kerkhoff Construction Ldt. We have been very happy with the process, and we are equally happy with the result.
A General Meeting on September 11th, 2011, decided to go ahead with Phase Two and to allow the Board to continue finishing the new kitchen (Phase Three) at whichever rate finances allow.
By the end of October 2014 we had paid off our building debt.