Grace Church celebrated the "ribbon cutting" on its new Parish Hall and Christian Education Center
in early February of 2009. Planning for the new building began in the mid 1990s and became serious in
the middle of this decade with engagement of the Rosen Group of Summit as the architect. Fundraising began
in 2006 under the banner of "Building for the Future" and with the assistance of Graham Pelton of Summit was
successful in securing gifts or pledges from the F.M. Kirby Foundation, the estate of Virginia Diamond and most
of the parish. Construction began in April 2008 with the Visbeen Corporation of Ridgewood as General Contractor
and was completed in June 2009 with the receipt of the final certificate of occupancy.This building project
was formally begun in April of 08, but started several years earlier with lots of planning and fundraising.
The new Grace Hall has an expanded space for dinners and workshops, a lovely outdoor patio, and a beautiful foyer that serves as an elegant entrance into the main part of the Grace
Below Grace Hall five new classrooms were built for the Sunday School program. In addition to the new construction,
the Building for the Future project included a major effort to address past "deferred maintenance", new
carpeting and painting in the main corridors of the old Grace building and a new state of the art, environmentally
friendly gas-fired heating and cooling system. – we moved from oil to gas heat!
The church is now fully handicap accessible and has more restrooms on both the main and lower levels.
It’s a beautiful new and treasured addition to our vibrant parish life – enabling us to take on new fellowship
and outreach missions.