The Feasibility Study
As a participating congregation in the National Fund for Sacred Places, Broad Bay received a package of consulting services provided pro bono by the staff of Partners for Sacred Places (Partners) with additional support from our Maine based consultants Peter Heinrichs and Susan Lewis of Full Harvest Fundraising.
In the summer and Fall of 2017, Partners carried out a study of the feasibility of a fundraising campaign for stabilization and restoration of Broad Bay Church, with 30 interviews of members of the congregation and with community leaders. Their findings and recommendations are presented in the Feasibility Study.
Broad Bay has formed a Building Committee. This group which functions under the Board of Trustees, is responsible for “the building.” It includes members from all of the Committees of the Church. The co-chairs are Brian Scheuzger who serves on Christian Education and Jonathan Clowes who serves on Council and Trustees. Its members are Joe Russano, chair of Trustees; Linda Brandt, Deacons; Kathy Osborne, Christian Education; Maryann Guernsey, Outreach, Nancy Duncan. This group brings a diversity of perspectives and talents; working together, they will come up with a stronger proposal than they could individually.
The committee served as liaison to Barba + Wheelock Architects, who prepared drawings and cost estimates to visualize the Church's dream to make the building a better platform for ministry. On October 18, Nancy Barba presented those drawings to the congregation. The following are highlights of that presentation.
In Barba + Wheelock's illustrations, you will see:
- A narthex (the front lobby stairs of the church) with a lift that can carry people to all three levels, a reconfigured straight-run stair leading directly to glass doors into the sanctuary, a bathroom on the sanctuary level, and a set of safer stairs to the balcony.
- An stairway addition at the rear of the church which allows people to safety exit the sanctuary and the fellowship hall, while also providing a green room for pre- and post-function uses.
- A sanctuary with a larger one-step platform to allow for a variety of activities for services and events.
- A larger renovated fellowship hall with windows on both sides, a movable center partition, and accessible bathrooms.
- A renovated commercial kitchen with center island, cooking and dishwash areas, and serving windows.
- A Sunday School room that offers natural light, flexibility, and private meeting space for various groups.
- A reconfigured office area to allow privacy and ease of flow.
And in these illustrations, hidden things you won't see (although they've all been cataloged and estimated):
- An annex. The addition and a garden space will fill its space.
- A fully-restored steeple and building structure. All will be repaired.
- A full set of energy-efficient operable windows. Regardless of the option we choose, the windows will be addressed.
- An updated heating system. It will be provided throughout the building, including the narthex.
- And you definitely won't see water getting into the building! It will be routed away.
And in these illustrations, you also won’t see: People! Everyone is welcome here. That’s the real vision.
With Nancy Duncan's help, we created a draft “case statement” about the potential project. We hope that it accurately integrates a sense of Broad Bay’s vision and ministry with the design work executed by Barba and Wheelock.
The Building Committee welcomes your thoughts, ideas, questions, and concerns (digital, pen and paper, face to face conversations). Email the Building Committee directly with comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org