For Immediate Release
August 30, 2019
Folsom, CA – Following a 3-week Readiness Assessment/Feasibility Study, the Vestry at Trinity Episcopal Church Folsom voted on August 27, 2019 to move into a Capital Campaign with a goal to raise $3,000,000 for historic renovations to its church, other buildings and grounds. The goal represents five times annual giving from a congregation of 280 families.
Located in the historic district of Old Folsom, Trinity Folsom recently became the fifth largest parish in the diocese of Northern California. Such growth led to very crowded services in the church built in 1861 with pew seating for only 110. Bound by historic district restrictions, no square footage will be added to the campus. Preserving the historic qualities of the Carpenter Gothic Church will be prioritized during the renovation.
Renovations will include redesigning space in four buildings and the grounds. In the church, additional pews will be added to increase seating to 180. The choir and organ will be relocated to the main floor, opening additional seating for 20 in the loft. Pews will be added in the front half of the church with the altar receding to the rear wall of the building. All rooms between the current rood wall and the church’s rear wall will be removed, opening space for the new altar, sacristy and rest rooms, which the building currently lacks. Accessibility will be increased with additional ramps and wheelchair seating areas. HVAC, lighting and sound systems will be replaced.
The 25-year old Parish Hall will be renovated with permanent walls replacing folding walls. The wall facing the inner-campus will be replaced with several sets of large glass doors opening into a safe, fenced-in courtyard/play area for children. A current rental house will be renovated into the Children’s House with classrooms for Sunday School and a nursery. Trinity House, another 100+ year old building serving as the church office, will be renovated with new rest rooms, HVAC and storage space. Parking capacity will increase by creating perpendicular spaces along two sides of the campus.
The Rector of Trinity Folsom, the Rev’d Todd Bruce, commented, “we are at a point where we must increase our capacity for growth so that services to parishioners and outreach to the community will continue at current or enhanced levels.”
Tom McAtee is the Capital Campaign Consultant serving the congregation from James D. Klote & Associates (JDK&A).
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