Season of Renewal 2018-2019

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A description of the renovations performed on St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brunswick, ME, 2018-2019. Posts include discussions and planning, efforts regarding funding, seeking approval from the church ruling body (vestry) and parishioners, and struggles to make the right decisions that kept with budget, faith, energy and carbon footprint, and preserving the atmosphere of an 180 year old house of faith. This blog was prepared by members of the construction and funding teams.

We’re Back!

by Paul Womer

On 14 April 2019 and on schedule, St. Paul’s parishioners returned to the nave for Palm Sunday services. Meeting in the Great Hall and singing “All Glory, Laud and Honor” as it was played on organ in the nave, worshipers paraded back to the nave.It was a joyous and glorious occasion. The new lighting reflected […]

Put the Candle Back!

by Paul Womer

Some of you might recall that familiar line from the classic Mel Brooks comedy, “Young Frankenstein.” Well, this week we put more than the candle back. Over the past three days there has been a flurry of activity in the nave as we prepare to return there for worship on Palm Sunday. On Monday and […]

Re-installing the Sanctuary Candle

by Paul Womer

On Friday, 5 April, a small team began re-installation of the refurbished sanctuary candle. Peter, Dana, and Hugh with assistance from Carolyn and Susan reattached the counterweight and control mechanism. These allow the candle’s receptacle to be raised and lowered (necessary when replacing the perpetual candle that burns within the receptacle). The attached photos display […]

Pews on the move. Restored Sanctuary Candle

by Paul Womer

Gradually, the pews are returning to their original places in the nave. Prior to their removal, the carpenters ensured that each pew was keyed to its original location. As such, each pew, now restored, is being put back exactly where it came from. Work began in the west transept. The sanctuary candle and the pulley […]

Welcome Back Pews!

by Paul Womer

The lightly refinished pews have returned to the nave. They are currently stacked in the sanctuary and west transept awaiting carpet installation. You can see that the pad for the new carpet has been installed in the center of the nave. A plywood base will soon be installed onto the floor in front of the […]

Scissors Lift Gone. New Carpets Shortly

by Paul Womer

On 21 March, the two scissor lifts that were a ubiquitous presence in the nave and great hall are gone. The stained glass cleaner, mentioned in the last blog post, has completed his task. That, along with the completion of the lighting, installation of the sanctuary candle chain, and painting ended our need of them. […]

Horsehair Soap and Elbow Grease

by Joan Carney

Cleaning of the stained glass is underway; should be done shortly. The solution used to clean the glass is a pH neutral soap, similar to that used to wash down a horse. As the cleaner noted, “That’s all it takes: horsehair soap and elbow grease.” The floors in the east transept and vestibule have been […]

Open Access Areas (Continued) and Lighting

by Paul Womer

Some of the valances have been reattached to the new LED ceiling lighting fixtures. As such, the lighting is no longer as harsh; it is dispersed up and around the ceiling and walls. Nave lighting again as a dimming capability for services such as Maundy Thursday or Christmas Eve. The other photos record the progress […]

New Open Access Areas

by Paul Womer

In addition to constructing a new center aisle, work has begun on the railings that will border the ramps at each end of the center aisle. Attached photos show the new railing posts before trimming. Two of the photos include extant posts to provide a perspective in terms of final style and height.