Open Doors
The Christ Church Capital Campaign

“Behold, I stand at the door and
knock...” Revelation 3:20

Based on William Holman Hunt’s painting, The Light of the World, this stained-glass window of Jesus Christ knocking at the door was the focal point of Old Christ Church. It was such an icon of the parish that the window was relocated to New Christ Church in 1903, where it continues to inspire parishioners to this day. 

There is no knob on the door at which Jesus stands – suggesting it is up to us to let Jesus and the divine grace of God into our hearts. 

Jesus also represents all those outside our church:
those who seek a home, a shelter from the turbulent world, a community of believers. 

What can we do to invite and welcome those knocking at the door of Christ Church?

Acknowledging the Challenges of Our Facilities

Our 119-year-old church buildings present numerous challenges – each an opportunity to address persistent problems and improve our spiritual home for generations to come.

Our buildings are difficult to navigate, especially for newcomers. Outside the main church doors, there is no obvious entrance to our campus. Imagine standing with the ushers and explaining to a new family how to get to the restrooms. Consider trying to instruct a newcomer on how to get from the church offices to the parlor without walking through the kitchen.

We also need to improve the accessibility of our spaces for those with mobility impairments. Our office and restroom facilities are difficult to access by wheelchair. In addition, numerous entry points are difficult to monitor and present a security challenge.

After a careful listening process that brought to light our challenges and opportunities, the Capital Campaign Committee created a discrete and attainable set of objectives.

In response, our vestry has approved a transformational capital campaign of $5 million to address these physical plant issues and to lead Christ Church forward in its ministry and mission well into the future.

Addressing the Challenges

To receive people into the life of the Church 

• Build an open and welcoming foyer with two clear entrances, a welcome desk, accessible restrooms, and direct access to the Parish Hall. 

• Enhance security by reducing the number of entry and exit points to two doors (one to the courtyard and one to the back parking lot) that are visible to the full foyer. 

• Create a large, flexible meeting space with A/V capabilities near the heart of the church by moving the rector’s and administrator’s offices. 

To improve accessibility 

• Replace the ramp that leads to the side door of the sanctuary and raise the elevation of the South cloister (eliminating the step up into the foyer and Parish Hall) to meet the needs of members with mobility challenges. 

• Enclose the South cloister with temperature control and build an additional doorway into the Sanctuary that would allow the heavy, wooden doors to remain open during services. This will reduce noise and outside temperature effects while making entering and exiting the Sanctuary significantly easier. 

• Move the restrooms in the administrative hallway to where the kitchen currently is located. These restrooms would have at least twice the capacity, be in clear sight of the foyer/entrances, and no longer be up four steps. 

To relocate the kitchen 

• Move the kitchen to the north side of the parish hall by extending the parish hall building. This would allow for a larger and more efficient kitchen. 

To build a covered entrance 

• Construct a porte cochere in the back parking lot with a ramp that is up to code, allowing for a covered drop off and easy access to the new reception area. 

It is time for us to transform our church into a physical embodiment, a sacramental witness, to show the world that God loves them unconditionally. Our vestry has pledged 100% participation in the Open Doors Campaign.

Join with your church community in this transformational effort. 

New and Expanded Entrance 

into Life of the Church………………………………………….$1,875,000

Relocate Kitchen……………………………………………………$1,800,000

Enclose South Cloister/New Ramp 

and Sanctuary Entrance…………………………………………..$275,000

Back Parking Lot Entrance/Porte Cochere………………$425,000

Furnishings, Finishes and Equipment……………………..$375,000

Contingency…………………………………………………………….$250,000

TOTAL………………………………………………………………….$5,000,000

The proposed campaign will seek gifts and pledges over a five-year period. All gifts will be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Gifts of cash, securities and other marketable property will be gratefully received. 


Capital Campaign Planning Committee

Lola Hogeman
C. Ray Jones
Suzanne Kahn
Marcia Lindstrom
Don Partington
Jake Renfroe
Lucy Rentz
Jill Robinson
Becky Washler