The Church Renewal Committee met on Wednesday to continue the planning process.
Given the amount of expenditure required, the finance committee has since sought further quotes for the painting of the interior of the church. The three quotes now obtained vary significantly, and further examination is needed. The finance committee also intends to make some inquiries regarding the cost of refinishing the timber floorboards. The quotes being collected will assist the finance committee in determining what works can be funded from parish savings, and what would need to be funded from other sources, such as direct parishioner donation.
The Church Renewal Committee also considered the feedback it received from Fr Stephen Hackett, Liturgical Consultant for the process. While some work has been done to try and envisage different ideas for the arrangement and general plan of the church, it is a challenge to try and develop a single idea which successfully balances the desires of our community as expressed in the Guiding Concepts.
As such, Fr Stephen recommended to the committee that an architect be consulted. In seeking the advice of an architect, the committee sees the potential to draw upon specialised expertise and experience. Through the architect drawing together the parish’s guiding concepts, liturgical requirements, existing ideas and practical needs, a more cohesive plan can be developed of how the church can be shaped to serve the parish into the future.
The Church Renewal Committee will now make contact with an architect recommended by Fr Stephen, and initiate a professional conversation to determining the feasibility and suitability of developing design concepts.