Q: Why is the church undertaking such a big renovation project?
A: If St. Peter & St. Paul’s wants to continue to meet and serve from this location, we must upgrade our building to bring it up to modern standards. This includes improved safety features and accessibility to all parts of the building. So we’ve taken the plunge! We are finally doing an overhaul of radically out-dated building systems to result in a much more functional facility. Why are we doing this? Our location in Ottawa’s downtown core is strategic and our mission is to be a blessing. This is an ongoing journey. We can only hope that this project will be a metaphor for the kind of transformation (a seismic one!) that can happen in all of us through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.
Q: How long will construction last?
A: Construction will begin in June and is expected to end sometime in December 2018.
Q: Where will we see the biggest changes when it’s all said and done?
A: The area beneath the sanctuary will no longer be many separate rooms, but one big, beautiful hall. The hope is that this can serve as an open (and inviting!) gathering area for any number of uses. There will also be brand new washrooms that can be easily accessed from the hall as well as a commercial kitchen! We will be able to do on-site cooking for Place to Go, other meals and ministries, and events like wedding receptions.
There will be a brand-new accessible foyer and an easy-to-use lift to all levels. In addition, upstairs there will be updated administrative offices, a new lounge and as well as a new upstairs washroom. Huzzah!
While you may not be able to see it, we are also re-shingling the roof of the Chancel (the ‘front’ of the Sanctuary) and the north hall (the building attached to the main sanctuary). Further behind the scenes, we will have improved lighting, security, air quality, better heat, and new plumbing and electrical systems.
Q: What kind of ministries is St. P&P’s involved in?
A: Every Friday night, we open our doors for A Place to Go, a ministry that welcomes the marginalized for a meal, or a card game, a visit, a service or a prayer. We are excited that with a renewed facility, and a brand-new kitchen and gathering hall, we will be able to feed and serve hundreds. In this way, and through many more ministries (for young and old and every walk of life), we believe that God can use this building and the people in it to carry out God’s good purposes here in this city, and in our world.
Q: How much does this project cost?
A: The entire project will cost over $3.7 million dollars, plus project financing costs. The majority of this will go to paying for the actual construction work. While this is an undeniably big number, much dedicated effort has gone in to ensuring that we can do as much as possible, for the best possible price. Our architect, John Donkin, and construction team at Bassi have been understanding and collaborative partners as we’ve honed the project scope.
Q: How is the church paying for the project?
A: We have already raised $1.3 million! This is a combination of grants, gifts (like cash), and pledges. We are also taking out a $2.5M loan through the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada Pension Fund that we’ll use to pay for construction costs and pay back as a mortgage starting in 2019. To pay for construction this year, we still need to raise additional money. Please check out the financing page for more information as to where we’re at in meeting this goal.
Q: How can I contribute or get involved?
A: This project is a means to an end, and not an end unto itself. If you are interested in helping with the fundraising effort, please get in touch. If you would like to get involved with existing ministries, or are excited about helping kick-start something new, we want to hear from you! The church office can help put you in touch with those on staff or clergy.