Over the years, St. Aidan's work in the Beach has built up a diverse congregation of all ages. In order to meet the changing needs of the community, we embarked on a bold and innovative plan to redevelop, repair, and renovate our building. The sale of Memorial Hall and vacant property provided $4.7M in funding that will have enabled us to:
Create a warm and welcoming space, with an entrance off Queen Street, that is flexible to accommodate ministry and program expansion within the church for use seven days a week
Be more environmentally efficient and sustainable, with lower energy consumption
Expand accessibility, including adding an elevator, ramps, and other features
But our vision for a new season of ministry is even greater.
It calls us to care for the spaces that reflect our heritage and situate our worship together. This means taking steps to ensure that our building's masonry remains sound for generations to come, and that core aesthetic features of the property—like our cherished stained glass—are maintained. These form our heritage too, gifts handed to us by parents and grandparents, by faithful friends and trailblazing congregants whose caring investment in the Beach we seek to secure.
Our vision is also a challenge to extend that care outward, however, into sustainable new communities and spaces for generations to come. That's why we're planning for a dramatic revamp of the West Garden space, turning this neglected corner of our property into an accessible, soul-nourishing neighbourhood centre that embodies our convictions about environmental justice. We're also investing in the key areas of ministry, like youth ministry and continued support for an Associate Priest, that can grow our faith community and support us in honouring our mission to know Christ and make him known. Rooted in faith, hope, and love, we dare to rise into a new season and a renewed St. Aidan's.