Charleton Heston as Michelangelo in The Agony and the Ecstasy, c. 1965, (pre-OSHA)
The work to replace the lighting system in the Nave will begin on Tuesday, May 29.
There will be scaffolding in parts of the Nave for much of the summer.
We will continue to use the Nave for our Sunday services, though there will be several Sundays in which the scaffolding will prevent us from sitting in parts of it. As the old lighting system is removed, there also will be times when we will use the temporary lights that were installed for this purpose.
Many have worked diligently for well over a year to plan and coordinate this project, minimizing the necessary disruption. Lord willing, all of this work will be completed in August, in time for the start of school. We appreciate the patience of everyone, as we look forward to our new lighting system.
Update: A Word from the Dean in the May 20 Adventurer
Our present building is a Birmingham treasure, but moreover, a lighthouse for the gospel. It has housed our Sunday gatherings since 1893, as well as weddings, funerals, and other ministry. These gatherings are significant, so it is understandable that we have a particular attachment to our building, but we must remind ourselves that this attachment is due to what happens inside. We can admire the architecture, but we should love the building because of what it stands for and what happens inside. So, like anything else that we love, we care for it.
As I have mentioned before, on May 29 we will begin our lighting project in earnest. Temporary lights now hang where our lanterns did, but soon scaffolding will be put up in the Nave. This will allow for the changing of outdated lighting and the rehanging of our lanterns. This is going to disturb our services.
No doubt this will be a time of forbearance for many of us, but I hope it’s a time when we can come together as a church family rejoicing that God has blessed us with the resources to steward our church home. You will have to sit much closer to folks than you are used to as the scaffolding may necessitate all of us sitting on one side of the Nave. It may mean the procession has to come from another direction, a sermon from the lectern, a different flow of traffic for communion. Regardless, we’re all in it together.
I challenge us not to see this as an excuse to neglect meeting together. Realizing the logistical difficulty inherent to attending the Advent, and that this may compound it, I hope that you will still gather with your church family this summer.
Indeed, projects like this have a way of bringing the church together. This was certainly the case when we built our current building. The original church had burned and there was now a greater impetus to finish the new building. This time was marked by difficulty, but that was overshadowed by a greater sense of excitement of the fruit of ministry being borne in the life of the Advent. Though not as arduous as then, this summer’s lighting project is a sign of God’s gracious provision for gospel ministry.