For the next few months, the parishioners of Blenheim Christian Reformed Church (286 Chatham St. S.) will be worshipping in their fellowship hall while their worship space and the basement below it undergo a major overhaul.
After many months of conversations, planning, and pledging by the congregation, the project was begun early January by Westhoek Construction Ltd. of Chatham.
The project will refurbish the worship space, removing some decorative bulkheads and spinning the room 180 degrees to allow for a more natural traffic flow.
Pastor Tim Luimes said in a media release, “I look forward to seeing the new worship space and am excited about what other ministries to the community we may be able to develop after the renovation is completed.”
While the renovations are going on, the church’s regular ministries continue to operate out of the church’s fellowship hall using the newly acquired chairs that will be replacing the pews.
The renovation plans required leveling the sloped floor so the basement classrooms also are receiving a much-needed upgrade.
The work is expected to be completed by May.