Over the summer of 2015 the sanctuary underwent major renovations: new flooring, carpet and all the pews are being refinished and painted. Along with these aesthetic improvements there have been discussions about making our sanctuary more accessible to people requiring walkers and wheelchairs.
The Leadership Team felt that this time of renovation would be the time to address concerns over being more welcoming to those in wheelchairs. A very simple solution was found which cost nothing and is thought to be a significant improvement: shorter pews from the balcony were brought down to replace two pews on each side on the center aisle on the main floor. This has created a notched effect in the center of the sanctuary which will accommodate a wheel chair bound person and an accompanying person sitting next to that person. This change is consistent with the guidelines recommended by the Americans with Disabilities Act from 25 years ago, creates space in the midst of our sanctuary and conveys a clear message of “Welcome! We are glad you are here!” This adaptation is one that many churches have made in their sanctuaries in order to allow ‘everyone’ to fully participate in worship.