All Saints Episcopal Church Makes Welcoming Upgrades
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT – At All Saints Episcopal Church, “Lighting our Way—Feeding our Souls—Paving our Path” is not only the title of the recent capital campaign, it is a threefold commitment to providing a welcoming and safe environment, starting with the church building. The congregation has met its fundraising goal of $60,000 thanks to individual contributions and a $20,000 loan approved by the Grants and Loans Committee of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, and renovations are currently underway.
“Lighting Our Way” refers to a $25,000 project to improve the lighting in the sanctuary, the space where services are typically held. The current lighting fixtures, which date back to 1963, will be replaced with dimmable LEDs—a brighter, more energy efficient option.
“Feeding Our Souls” refers to a $12,000 renovation of the Deforest Room kitchen, a space in the church’s upper level where parishioners gather for Sunday coffee hour and various community organizations meet throughout the week. The new floor plan promises a larger entryway, more counter- and cupboard space, and a smarter workflow for serving large groups.
“Paving Our Path” refers to a $23,000 overhaul of the parking lot to proactively address safety and accessibility. This portion of the renovation will focus on maintaining and repairing asphalt surfaces, closing off the south access to reduce the opportunity for collision, widening the entrance and egress for smoother traffic flow, and increasing the number of disability parking spaces to six.
The Rev. Dr. David G. Hamilton, rector, said, “On behalf of everyone at All Saints Episcopal Church, we consider it a privilege to be stewards of such a beautiful building and grounds. Providing a safe, functional, welcoming and attractive environment for the community is integral to our mission and ministry.”