Taking our Turn

ANTIGONISH, NS: St. James United Church launched its $850,000 capital campaign today for much needed upgrading of its facilities with the news that it has already achieved $600,000 of its objective.

“It has been close to 35 years since any meaningful upgrades have been made to our church,” says Brian MacLeod, Capital Campaign Project Chair. “The planned renovations and upgrades are an opportunity for St. James to transform our ability to deliver on our mission  – both for our congregation and for the broader community.”

Among the renovations planned are the addition of wheelchair accessible washrooms, energy efficient heating and lighting, improved meeting spaces, and expanded kitchen facilities.

“We worked over the summer testing the campaign with some of the congregation to get their response and thus far, it has been incredibly positive,” says Harley MacCaul, Chair of the Fundraising Committee. “It is important to make these changes for our congregation to have a more welcoming environment in which to worship and gather in community. Equally as important is the benefit to the community at large. A well maintained and upgraded St. James is important to groups that use our facilities and is also crucial to a vibrant Main Street.”

St. James is an active congregation with more than 250 families and 750 people in pastoral care in the Antigonish area. In addition to weekly services, the Church supports a youth program, a Sunday School, a robust music program and 12 service committees. The Church is also actively involved in community outreach and social justice, hosting a weekly Hot Lunch program as well as providing a meeting space for more than 30 community groups including L’Arche, Girl Guides, St. John Ambulance, Antigonish Lions and the Antigonish Women’s Centre to name a just a few.

Rev. Peter Smith, the Minister at St. James, is humbled by the early and generous support the congregation has demonstrated. “Our congregation has patiently planned for these upgrades and I am confident as the team approaches others at St. James, the response will be similar,” says Rev. Smith.

“For our congregation, the changes will transform our facilities making it more welcoming and easier for our members with physical disabilities to participate in all aspects of life at St. James,” says Rev. Smith.

The fundraising team will be expanding its efforts to the entire congregation and the broader community this fall.

For more information contact:

Harley MacCaul (Chair of the Fundraising Committee), Brian MacLeod (Capital Campaign Committee Chair), or  Rev. Peter Smith

Phone: 902-863-2001  Email office@stjamesuc.com