A ramp is installed along the south side of the Historic Church. Additionally, the sidewalk is relaid around the entire building to promote safety and even footing.
In June of 2021, the Vestry appointed a Fund Raising Task Force that was charged with reaching out to every member of the congregation regarding their interest in supporting this Capital Project. Following the June edition of the Grapevine, they began the work of canvasing the congregation. It is our goal to have a rough estimate of the congregation's financial participation in this project by the time we are ready to accept a bid.
DJG is currently completing the design work, and we will be able move to bid in August. DJG will then compile the bids, and make a recommendation to us. Once the Vestry has both pieces of information (bid estimate and fund raising totals), they will vote on whether or not to accept the bid and move forward with construction.
As part of the Task Force's work, giving levels that honor Ware's past rectors have been identified. Please consider not what "a fair share" might be, but rather what God is calling you to give for this project and His Glory.
Rector’s Circle -- $4,000
Includes the option to customize two bricks and have the donor’s name recognized in the lobby of the parish hall on a plaque commemorating the improvement.
Robert Magill Society -- $10,000
Includes the option to customize four bricks and have the donor’s name prominently recognized in the lobby of the parish hall on a plaque commemorating the improvement.
The Rev. Robert Magill was Rector of Ware Church from 1925-1932 and oversaw the extensive renovations made to the interior with the church, including the installation of electric lights and the present pulpit, dentil molding, choir seating, communion rail, lectern, Altar and the framing of the reredos tablet with its Apostles’ Creed, Lord’s Prayer and Summary of the Law. The area under the gallery was enclosed to provide classrooms.
Charles Mann Society -- $20,000
Includes the option to customize four bricks and have the donor’s name recognized in the portico of the South Door of the Historic Church on a plaque commemorating the improvement.
The Rev. Charles Mann was Rector of Ware Church from 1837-1878 and oversaw the remodeling of the Historic Church into its present configuration. The floor of the chancel was extended over the tombs in the east end of the church. The flagstone aisles were removed along with the box pews and new flooring installed with modern pews.
James Clack Society -- $30,000
Includes the option to customize four bricks and the ability to dedicate the new library -OR- having their name engraved on the cornerstone of the ramp.
The Rev. James Clack was the third rector of Ware Church (1679-1723) and oversaw the construction of the present church building. Our Historic Church is the product of his visionary thinking. He lived to see its completion and his grave is just east of the center of the east wall of the church.
Accompanying the installation of the ramp on the South Side of the HIstoric Church, the sidewalk around the building will be relaid. If you would like to purchase a brick and have a name engraved on it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with you name and the name you would like engraved. Each brick is $250.
The Ware Church Choral School is continuing to receive students for this semester and looking ahead to the 2022-2023 year. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30pm at Ware Episcopal Church. A summer camp will also be held nearer to the start of the 2022 academic year.