The Beacon Falls Congregational Church is pleased to be breaking ground on its “Access for All” Handicap Accessibly Project on Sunday, October 8th immediately following the 10:00 AM worship service. All are welcome to attend. The project will consist of constructing and installing an elevator, handicap bathroom and ramp system giving full handicap accessibility to the church’s Sanctuary, Sunday school and Fellowship Hall. A Memorial Garden is also a part of the project. Beacon Falls Congregational Church would like to thank: Ion Bank, the Katharine Matthies Foundation, the Valley Community Foundation for their financial support and the law firm of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. for their outstanding legal services. Much additional appreciation is expressed to the Town of Beacon Falls and Lanese Construction, Inc. of Bridgeport, CT for the approval and construction of this project.
We’ve recently released a video to help raise awareness of our Access for All Project. If you’d like to learn more about the project, including how to support our Go Fund Me Campaign, please read on …
Making our Church Handicap Accessible. The Need is Great!
For generations, too many church members and friends and members of community groups who regularly use our church facilities have not been able to easily enter our builiding. The elderly, handicapped and infirm have not been able to attend our worship and other church services/ceremonies due to the many and steep stairs. Additionally, there has also been a lack of safe access during funerals for pallbearers and coffins. At a Special Meeting on March 2nd, 2014, our congregation voted to remedy this situation and make our church handicap accessible.
The building designs include:
• Building an elevator and a ramp allowing access to the sanctuary and fellowship hall.
• Constructing a new handicap accessible entrance and hallway with access to the elevator, a new handicap bathroom and the Education Wing.
• Creating a Memorial Garden which can be used for prayer, meditation and internment of ashes. Proceeds generated from internments will be used to offset the project cost of approximately $600,000.
The payment plan for this project is up-front donations from our church members and community, grants and a loan. The “Access For All” Project has not only the approval of our congregation but also full support of Parson Jim. Additionally, we have received several letters of support from community groups, some of whom have used our church as a place to meet for over 40 years, which will be used as we apply for grants. However, we do need the support of our entire congregation both in terms of finances and prayer to meet and exceed our goal of raising a minimum of $300,000 up-front. We are pleased to announce that we already have a substantial amount saved toward this up-front goal!
In April of 2016, Harry Jensen, as chairman of our Prudential Committee, signed contracts which enter us into the “drawing phase” of our project. Photo credit: Rod Farrell