La Maison Aube-Lumière - poinsettias 2018
Netrevolution Forfaits internet & Téléphonie illimité

Accueil   Chroniqueurs   Contactez-nous        
  Erreur de traitement

détails
Annonces Classées Avis de décès Maison à vendre Concours Magasin général Calendrier Annuaire
 
ACHETEZ EstriePlus.com
Journal Le Haut-Saint-François
La une
Actualité
Art et Culture
Cahiers Spéciaux
Sports
Opinions
Dates de parution
Contactez-nous
Facebook
Agenda
JOURNAL LE HAUT-SAINT-FRANÇOIS / Actualité
Mercredi, 28 août 2013

Sawyerville Baptist Church building is rejuvenated



 Imprimer   Envoyer 

by Rachel Garber

The Sawyerville Baptist Church building is radiant. A major makeover that took close to a year has just ended.

Pastor Michel Houle and church members welcomed a plentiful flow of visitors at the Sawyerville Baptist Church last July 6 to tour the building. The next day, about 80 people attended the bilingual dedication services.

Here's what's new: The building was moved back from the street. An enlarged front entrance accommodates a new church office, a handicapped-accessible bathroom, a seating area and storage spaces.

A wide and fire-retardant stairway leads downstairs. In the new full basement, steel beams replace the erstwhile support posts, creating a spacious hall for receptions and other events. Beside the hall are a kitchen, a chair-storage room, bathrooms, a furnace room, and even a shower.

In the sanctuary, the pulpit platform was lowered a step. Behind the pulpit area, an enlarged fire-retardant stairwell leads to a classroom on the second floor.

Here's some of what's refurbished and kept from the past: The sanctuary itself. Pine railings, moved inside. The distinctive round window above the front entrance. The chimney. The steeple and the sleek lines of the roof with its crenellated rakes.

The renovations were mainly motivated by safety and access concerns, said Pastor Houle, and to have a functional meeting space in the basement. Roland Houle (no relation) of Sherbrooke was the architect.

"The ideas for the renovations were a combined effort," said church elder Austin Bailey. "And hundreds of volunteer hours were contributed. There were probably some 15 to 20 volunteers, all told."

"We're very pleased with the results," said Pastor Houle. "We hope to put a chairlift in for handicapped access to the basement. And we hope to be at the service of the community for funerals and weddings and such."

"We'd rather not mention the cost because there were some private donors," he said. But he noted that most of the funding came from selling the parsonage in Sawyerville and the Baptist church in Bury.

About three years ago, the French-speaking Bury congregation began meeting in the Sawyerville church. Altogether, about 65 people attend the services in French at 9 a.m. and in English at 11 a.m.

The Sawyerville Baptist Church was built in 1889 at a cost of $2,465. It was previously renovated in the 1960s. Last year, the congregation celebrated its 190th anniversary.


La Maison Aube-Lumière - poinsettias 2018
Devenez membre de notre facebook
  A LIRE AUSSI ...
5 800 poinsettias cherchent preneurs pour la bonne cause

5 800 poinsettias cherchent preneurs pour la bonne cause
Elle cause un face-à-face et prend la fuite

Elle cause un face-à-face et prend la fuite
NOS RECOMMANDATIONS
Quoi faire ce week-end

Quoi faire ce week-end
Des immigrants de Montréal accueillis à Sherbrooke pour de l'emploi

Des immigrants de Montréal accueillis à Sherbrooke pour de l'emploi
PLUS... | CONSULTEZ LA SECTION COMPLÈTE...

Fondation Rock-Guertin - Collectes de denrées 2018
Inscription Infolettre EstriePlus.com
Val Estrie Ford - mai 2018
 
Caroline Caouette
Jeudi, 13 décembre 2018
L’enfant, un enseignant pour l’adulte!

Me Karine Bourassa
Jeudi, 13 décembre 2018
Mais qu’en est-il des servitudes de passage?

Daniel Nadeau
Mercredi, 12 décembre 2018
Les accoutrements ridicules

William Lafleur
Mercredi, 12 décembre 2018
Prend les devants avant de tirer de l'arrière

Cégep de Sherbrooke
Mercredi, 12 décembre 2018
Stage au Nicaragua : Jocelyne Lacasse se souvient

Alexis Jacques
Mardi, 11 décembre 2018
Le charme parisien

François Fouquet
Lundi, 10 décembre 2018
L’esprit des Fêtes… ou les esprits de Fêtes!

Centre de développement athlétique Badmofo Methods
Bénévole pour Nez rouge depuis 30 ans Par Vincent Lambert Jeudi, 6 décembre 2018
Bénévole pour Nez rouge depuis 30 ans
Nouvelle expérience immersive pour le vélo Par Vincent Lambert Vendredi, 7 décembre 2018
Nouvelle expérience immersive pour le vélo
Quoi faire ce week-end Par Cynthia Dubé Vendredi, 7 décembre 2018
Quoi faire ce week-end
ACHETEZ EstriePlus.com
bannières | concours | répertoire web | publireportage | texte de référencement | site web | vidéos | chroniqueur vedette
2017 © EstriePlus.com, tous droits réservés | Contactez-nous