Witnesses: Merle Zirkle and Suzanne Castello
This experiment presents possible ways that worship in our congregation may be made more comfortable and enjoyable for seniors and more dynamic for all ages. These details include desired changes to the practice of weekly worship as well as to the design of our physical space. These proposals will be included in the development of a new job description for the Director of Christian Education. They will also help to guide the work of the Capital Needs Task Force that the congregation will appoint at its annual meeting in February 2016.
Pertaining to the physical space:
- Changes to seating in the sanctuary to promote versatility and accessibility. We sense a need for more floor space for instrumental music, choral music, and dance or theater. We are also concerned to express hospitality to individuals using walkers or wheelchairs.
- We want to investigate changes to the design of the chancel and balcony to make those spaces fully accessible.
- Enhancements to the sound system to improve weak microphones, especially on the West side of the sanctuary.
- Installation of a T-coil hearing loop to aid individuals with hearing impairments.
- Redesign the church’s light system in order that lighting may be changed during services more easily and with more emotional affect.
Pertaining to our ministry and program:
- Opportunities for worship outdoors for special or occasional services, including use of the park across 4th Avenue.
- More variety in the delivery of sermons
- Increased use of processionals and pageantry, especially on important liturgical dates and including the participation of children
- Incorporation of brass and other instruments on important liturgical dates.