Adaptive Reuse of Parish Facilities

The Diocese has been given a blessing and obligation to ensure that parishes in vibrant and growing areas serve the needs of their community.  We recognize that future generations will benefit from these parishes if we find imaginative uses for their physical plants. Re-investing in church physical plants is important for our future.  Urban, rural and suburban parishes need assistance to ensure they continue to respond to God’s call.

Adaptive reuse is the act of finding a new use for a parish facility in a thriving community.  The most successful adaptive reuse projects are those that best retain the parishes’ significance and add a layer that provides additional value for the future.  Adaptive reuse has a major role to play in the sustainable development of vibrant communities to ensure God’s presence is felt in these communities. When done well, adaptive reuse can restore and maintain the significance of a parish and help to ensure its mission for the next generation.  These facilities then can create valuable community resources and revitalize existing neighbourhoods.

The Anglican community has much to gain from adapting and reusing its church facilities.  Environmental benefits, combined with energy savings and the social advantage of re-imagining a place of worship, make adaptive reuse an essential component of sustainable development.  It helps conserve building materials and embedded energy, and avoids negative environmental impacts of demolition, landfills, and new construction.

St. John’s York Mills Progress Report:

Our campaign has now reached a total of $350,400 in pledges from a total of 19 gifts.  This total represents 40% of our overall goal.  Therefore, the average gift is $18,442.

Thank you to everyone who is helping to strengthen
the Diocese of Toronto, as well as our own parish.

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