Building for the Future
To the people of Holy Trinity Church,
As we embark upon new challenges both in faith and growth, I would call your attention to the late 1800's when the roots of Holy Trinity Church were planted. A vision was established, and people gathered, not knowing whether success or failure was close at hand. What they did was to put their gifted resources to the test. With commitment to their goal and faith in God, they were successful. Now the challenge is ours. It is time forus to put our faith in God as those did before us; and to make a commitment to the future of Holy Trinity.
Holy Trinity is fortunate to be located on Collingswood's major thoroughfare. However, since our church building is sitting behind our rectory, it is practically invisible to the public. People all too easily pass by without knowing that we are here. In order for us to attract visitors who are looking for all the wonderful programs Holy Trinity has to offer, we need to establish a visible presence on Haddon Avenue.
Unlike the 1800's when many people walked to church, most of our families arrive by car on Sunday mornings. Parking near our facility has always been very limited. In order to provide complete handicapped access to our building and to ensure a safe place for families to drop off small children, we need to create a parking lot adjacent to our building.
The project would include the building of a two-story structure that would extend out from our current Sunday school building and continue along Haddon Avenue across our newly acquired property. Behind the new building is enough space for a 23-car parking lot. A new entrance would be created allowing access to the building from the new parking lot. From this new entrance, people would be able to enter an elevator, which would be designed to reach all five levels of our facility. The new building would provide additional classroom space, a conference room, bathrooms, and a new office suite with a Haddon Avenue entrance.
One part of the renovation includes a plan for moving our beautiful St. Michael's Chapel from the center of our facility to a more visible home on Haddon Avenue. Our architect has created a design that will allow us to relocate the chapel, stained glass and all, and reinstall it exactly as it exists now in its new location.
Our rectory building would be replaced with a garden plaza, which would add beauty to our corner and provide an unobstructed view of our church building.
As a way to begin this process, the Building Finance Committee has challenged itself to find ways to raise $100,000 over the next 12 months. With advanced gifts and fundraisers, our building fund already stands at $9,000. With your help, we are confident we can reach the $100,000 mark by the summer of 2003.
No one can do all of this alone,