The work begins. Thanks to the generosity of parishioners and friends of the parish, and a helpful grant from the diocese, our #1 and #2 capital projects are in the works. Installation and restoration of the windows in the Church began last week, and just this morning the trucks and a crane rolled in to begin the roof replacement of the Parish House.
Celebrating the first phase of the Capital Campaign. In September 2014, a celebration brunch was held to mark the first phase of our five year campaign to raise $300,000. On hand were Judith Gregory (left, in the photo) and Stan Diver representing the Diocese and the Advancement and Development Fund. Besides the delicious food provided by the members of the Capital Campaign Committee, the highlight was the presentation of a check representing monies that St. James’ will be receiving as part of a challenge grant issued by the diocese. Judith and Stan were instrumental in advising and guiding us during this initial phase, and are grateful to them and Diocese of Delaware for their generous support.
The challenge: Currently, parish ministries are competing for room and struggling to grow in a space that is not set up for our current needs, is in need of repair, and in some cases is not safe.
The effective use of our property will be critical to the future growth of our mission. To create a safe and healthy space for that growth, we must:
- Repair windows
- Replace roof
- Waterproof the basement
- Repair curmbling platform
- Improve building access
The goal – $300,000
In 1994, the parish of St. James was called to a similar challenge during the 280th anniversary year. The campaign raised over $280,000. On the 300th anniversary of the parish, the goal for this campaign is $300,000. In November 2013, we were fortunate to receive a challenge grant from the Diocese. All funds received by June 30, 2014 will be matched: $1 from the Diocese for every $2 received. Also, the Diocese will contribute an additional $50,000 if we raise $300,000 by December 31, 2018.
Please consider a gift today
Join us to make the vision a reality by making a pledge to the Tercentennial Campaign. Pledge forms are available in the church and parish hall, and may be turned into the church office or placed in the collection plate during service.