October 30, 2022

In our last update in June2022 we advised you that The Reno Vision Team had developed a Vision based on the Guiding Principles we developed, the feedback we received from you and the needs outlined in the Depreciation Report.

The summer months were very busy for the Reno Vision team as we interviewed a number of professional interior designers who would help us bring the Vision to life.  Due to a variety of reasons the interview process took longer than we had anticipated.

I am pleased to inform you that in October, with the approval of the Trustees, we appointed Kathlene McGuinness from the Vancouver firm iBiTiBi as the Interior Designer for our renovation project. 

We have every confidence that Kathlene will listen closely to our ideas and requirements and help us achieve our Vision.

As part of our contract with Kathlene she will be developing a 3 dimensional model of the proposed renovations for the sanctuary.  She will then be sharing this with us early next year and you will have an opportunity to provide feedback.  The final design will then be presented to Vestry for Approval.

We are hopeful that renovations could start mid 2023.

The present building has served us very well for 30 years and we want to ensure that it will continue to be a place of beauty and worship and enhance our capacity for ministry for the next 30 years.

Kathlene was present at the 10.30am and introduced to the congregation

Submitted by Carla McGhie


June 2022

 Since our sessions with Peter Elliott and Thomas Roach, the Reno Vision Team has been working hard developing a Vision.  This Vision or Plan takes into account the Guiding Principles we developed,  the feedback we received from you, the needs outlined in the Depreciation Report and suggestions from out time with Consultants Peter and Thomas. 

 During the summer we will be looking for a professional Interior Designers who will help us bring the Vision or Plan to life. We are especially interested in a firm that specializes in 3D Drawings for presentations and meetings. 

 In the fall we will we want to conduct some Information Sessions where we can share the 3 D Drawings and outline recommendations for your comment.  

These sessions will be followed by a Special Vestry Meeting where we will seek approval to proceed with the renovations.

 Our Reno Vision Team continues to work hard and is committed to doing the work required to bring additional beauty to our worship space.   

We appreciate your ongoing support and prayers. 


May 2022

We would like to give you an update on the work of the Reno Vision team since Vestry where we shared with you the results from the 2 congregational feedback sessions in early February.

After Vestry we sought feedback from outside groups that also use our sanctuary, such as choirs and music teachers. This was very helpful. We have also had some acoustical testing done in the Sanctuary, as we want to make sure any changes do not adversely affect our acoustics

Based on all the feedback we received, recommendations in the Depreciation Report and our Reno Vision Guidelines we have identified a number of repairs and changes. These have been grouped by priority. 

We are moving with care because we want to make sure any repairs and renovations will work well in the unique architecture of our sanctuary and at the same time match our worship style and hopes for the future.  

To assist us in this task we have sought additional professional help.  This week Rev. Peter Elliott, former Dean of the Cathedral, and Thomas Roach (previously from Christ Church Cathedral) began a four-hour consultation with us.  They both have highly regarded expertise in the design and management of liturgical space.

The special Vestry Meeting we had planned for the end of May 2022 will be delayed until the Fall.  At that meeting we will present the congregation with a set of recommendations for discussion and approval .

We have greatly appreciated your willingness to try different seating formations for worship.  Many of us have found this a real learning experience.

We greatly appreciate your patience and ask for your continued prayers as we seek to maintain the beauty of this building.

Our Team Members are:  Eric, Carla, Connie, Pat Ratcliffe, Ron Cooper, Rick Barr, Vivian Donnan and Wally.  They will welcome your questions and conversation.


March 2022

Your feedback was collated and presented to vestry. Please visit this page to review the responses.


February 2022

Last fall, the RenoVision Team visited three churches to learn and widen their understanding about the possibilities in church renovations. The video below discusses the visits to St. Dunstan's Aldergrove, Christ Church Cathedral and St. Mary's Kerrisdale.


January 2022

On two sundays in January, we held parish sessions in the sanctuary and on zoom where we asked 4 questions: 

  • What are the things you value or appreciate about the worship space at St. Laurence?
  • What are the things that might be done to strengthen the worship space?
  • What are our values as a community?
  • What do we want to DO in this space?

Your responses were recorded and presented at Vestry.