St. Peter's 'Growing on the Rock' Project

Following a needs and planning study, the congregation at St. Peter's United in Sudbury approved preliminary plans for an addition and renovations to the church in 2007. Central features of the changes are an elevator, serving all three church levels, a new barrier free washroom on the lower level and enlarged entrance and narthex areas as well as a new kitchen and several new offices and meeting rooms.

A Growing on the Rock financial campaign was held in early 2008 and contributions and pledges currently are close to the $ 600,000 mark. After a period of tendering and consequent adjustment of the plans to match the funds raised, a contract with a project management company was signed in July 2009 and a ground turning and blessing ceremony was held in September. The construction work is scheduled for completion by the end of January 2010.



In the photo, St. Peter's minister, Rev. Dawn Vaneyk (centre) is shown at the ground turning with congregational representatives from the building committee, the youth, the UCW, and members with accessibility challenges.


Our Building Project includes:

  • An elevator serving all three church levels.
  • A new barrier free washroom on the lower level.
  • A new entrance, cloakroom and enlarged lobby or narthex.
  • New administrative offices.
  • A new nursery beside the sanctuary.
  • A new kitchen (on the lower level)
  • New electrical & heating systems.
  • Upper parking lot changes to allow barrier free entry at the main entrance doors.
Project Details

Cost: approximately $ 600,000, supported by a church fund raising campaign.
Duration: project start-Sept. 23, 2009 - completion-end of Jan. 2010
Architect: Perry & Perry
Construction Management: Hawkey Church Management Inc.

The project will also improve our hosting of concerts and other community events.

Below are some progress photos of the work underway.


Architect's Concept Drawing



Week of September 13 - Ready to start



Week of September 20 - Start of construction Sept. 23



Week of September 27 - Rock breaking



Week of October 4 - Footings poured and sand filled



Week of October 4 - Wall forms installed



Week of October 11 - Foundation complete



Week of October 18 - Waterproofing installed



Week of October 25 - Floor slabs delivered



Week of October 25 - Upper floors complete



Week of November 1 - Lower level kitchen area



Week of November 1 -
Framing on the upper level is well advanced.

Week of November 1 - Framing on the upper level is well advanced



Week of November 9 - Upper level elevator entrance (shaft complete) (November 12th)



Week of November 9 - Installing the last framing section for the upper level (November 12th)



Week of November 16 - Building the retaining wall



Week of November 30 - Joists are up and most of the roof sheeting



Week of December 21



Week of December 21, 2009



Week of January 4, 2010 - New doors installed



Week of January 18, 2010 - Brickwork completed



Week of January 25, 2010 - Don Runions working on insulation



Week of February 15, 2010 - The drop ceiling in the narthex is removed



Week of February 28, 2010 - The narthex has been drywalled





Week of February 28, 2010 - Kitchen cabinets installed in the new addition basement



Isla Vanstone christened the new elevator during the 'unofficial' opening on Palm Sunday, March 27, 2010. The Junior Choir gave her a warm welcome on the 2nd floor.



Doug Hallman, Heather Hare and Marion Leonard cut the cake to celebrate the 'unofficial' opening of the new addition on Palm Sunday, March 27, 2010



On Saturday October 16, our Apple Fest and Open House celebrated the project completion with special guests Manitou Conference President Rev. Dr. Judith Visser, Sudbury Mayor John Rodriguez, Ward 10 Councillor Frances Caldarelli and construction manager Charlie Thomas. The afternoon event included a short official opening, delicious desserts in the Apple Café, slide shows and entertainment, a wood workshop for children and tours of the new facilities for the congregation and friends from the neighbourhood.



Official Opening – October 16



Official Opening – October 16




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