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Local church appreciative of community support for renovations 


OLD BARNS – Rev. Ian Harrison has seen great things happen when the community comes together.

The minister of Old Barns United Church is thrilled a long-standing infrastructure problem has been rectified thanks to a dedicated group of people.

“The top of the steeple was rotting … for a number of years there were problems with leaking into the interior of the (church) building,” Harrison told the Truro Daily News.

It was realized the majority of the steeple and church roof had to be replaced as well as re-shingling the west side of the church. The estimated cost was $90,000.

And thanks to the congregation, which sees an average attendance of between 50 and 75 people a week, the project has been just about completed after about a month’s work.

“The majority of the money was in a project account … from the congregation and donations from others,” said Harrison.

“This should be a long-term solution. People take pride in the look and what it stands for; they want it to look like a church. Whenever there is a need, the response is never a panic. They are a very pro-active community and church.”

Harrison confirmed the church also put in a new furnace last year and stage lighting recently. He believes people are willing to come to the aid of a church even more so nowadays.

“It all stems from people seeing churches being used as buildings to serve the community. There are more and more community uses in churches ... they are more relevant and that provides a more positive energy.”

What’s next for the church, which Harrison estimated dates back to the 1920s or 1930s?

“We are replenishing (the finance project account) now and people give as they see fit. There is no capital campaign but we take donations.”

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

The minister of Old Barns United Church is thrilled a long-standing infrastructure problem has been rectified thanks to a dedicated group of people.

“The top of the steeple was rotting … for a number of years there were problems with leaking into the interior of the (church) building,” Harrison told the Truro Daily News.

It was realized the majority of the steeple and church roof had to be replaced as well as re-shingling the west side of the church. The estimated cost was $90,000.

And thanks to the congregation, which sees an average attendance of between 50 and 75 people a week, the project has been just about completed after about a month’s work.

“The majority of the money was in a project account … from the congregation and donations from others,” said Harrison.

“This should be a long-term solution. People take pride in the look and what it stands for; they want it to look like a church. Whenever there is a need, the response is never a panic. They are a very pro-active community and church.”

Harrison confirmed the church also put in a new furnace last year and stage lighting recently. He believes people are willing to come to the aid of a church even more so nowadays.

“It all stems from people seeing churches being used as buildings to serve the community. There are more and more community uses in churches ... they are more relevant and that provides a more positive energy.”

What’s next for the church, which Harrison estimated dates back to the 1920s or 1930s?

“We are replenishing (the finance project account) now and people give as they see fit. There is no capital campaign but we take donations.”

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

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