The Youth Area currently located in the basement under the Sanctuary is getting a much-needed update! This area has functioned as several different venues through the years, creating a lot of memories. During the early 1930s, the Young People’s Sunday School Class took on the project of underpinning the building and digging out a Fellowship Hall area. During the 1950s, a kitchen, Sunday School classrooms, and bathrooms were added, and it received a facelift in the 1970s. In 2000, the Fellowship Hall and Sunday School classes moved to the new building and the area became known as the Old Fellowship Hall and Youth Area. So, with respect to the history of this area, it was past time for another update! On May 15, volunteers began the demolition work of removing tired ceilings, kitchen walls, and worn flooring. Historical artifacts were saved for future generations: a Sunday school bell, the counter that has served many a meal, pine boards from the walls saved for use in future projects and may even be repurposed as Christmas ornaments. The entire remodel will consist of several small projects, including moisture prevention, securing block walls, updating HVAC, plumbing, and electrical, all leading up to the complete remodeling and redecorating effort. This is a BIG project, but we are just as committed as those earlier members were in the preservation of our historical building.
The remodel committee has outlined the scope of work and will be requesting estimates for the required efforts. These estimates will be presented to the Board of Trustees, the Finance Committee, and the Church Council of Stewards. With all this work in mind, if you have background or experience in any of the involved areas, we would be happy to hear your ideas, especially in the following areas: design/lay out, project management, block masonry, interior design, etc. Please feel free to reach out to us.
We look forward to providing updates of our progress and announcing exciting fundraising events that we hope you will want to be involved with. We are committed to making this project successful and showing our youth and our community just how much we love them and our church! To date, over 150 hours have been volunteered by church members to this effort; I think that is a great example of commitment! Please be in prayer for this project, those volunteering their times and talents, and for the coming fundraising events.
If you would like to be part of this effort or have suggested contacts, please reach out to Kevin Gavin or Jeff Mucci.
Thank you, NFUMC Youth Remodel Committee