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Crescent Fort Rouge United Church
Spirituality. Arts. Action.
CFRUC is a safe place for all people to gather regardless of race, creed,
age, ability, cultural background, sexual orientation or gender expression.
If you are looking for a Sunday service we are offering them online and in person at 10:30 a.m. Masks are still required.
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Donations can be made to CFRUC at Canada Helps: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/crescent-fort-rouge-united-church/
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Manitoba Conservation and Climate provided funding for this project.
|The Accessibility with Ease Project Update November 2022|
|In February 2020 the CFRUC congregation approved the Accessibility Project, to be completed in three phases, with each phase resulting in tangible improvements to accessibility and proceeding only when sufficient funds were available.|
After reviewing 3 proposals for architectural services, CFRUC contracted with Monteyne Architecture Works to provide consultation and drawings. Design and construction level drawings for all 3 phases of the project have been produced and reviewed with the CFRUC design and liaison team.
In the fall of 2022, after reviewing 3 proposals for construction management services, CFRUC selected Bockstael Construction to manage the construction.
Several meetings with members from CFRUC, Monteyne and Bockstael have occurred to review the scope and sequence of the project and CFRUC will soon sign a contract with Bockstael in preparation for Phase 1 of the Project.
The focus of Phase 1 is on the main floor with; new historic replica doors at the Nassau entrance, power opener with security and remote unlocking for outside Nassau door (north), automatic power operated opener for the north Narthex door to the Sanctuary and modify both existing doors from Sanctuary to corridor to accommodate automatic power operated openers. If a pending grant application is approved, renovations to washrooms, will include power operators for doors and related upgrades to electrical and fire alarm systems.
The focus of Phase 2 is on the lower level.
The focus of Phase 3 is on the elevator and Wardlaw Street entrance.
Funding and Expenses update
For many years, individuals have made donations to our Accessibility Fund and in 2018, PATH began to research available grants.
• In 2020, CFRUC received an anonymous gift of $100,000 for the Accessibility Project.
• A Capital Fundraising Committee was established in 2020.
• An application was made to the Federal EAF for Phase 1 of the Project in 2020, for which CFRUC was awarded $100,000 in 2021.
• An application was made to the Provincial Building Sustainable Communities Fund for Phase 1 of the Project in 2021, for which CFRUC was awarded $100,000 in 2022.
• An application has been made to the Federal EAF for Phases 2 and 3 of the Project, with notification pending.
The Capital Campaign Team will continue to investigate and apply for funds from Governments, Foundations and Corporations before asking for funds from the congregation and public in general.
To date, we have received $380,839.10 for the Accessibility Fund. With design and consulting fees paid to date, this will leave $235,348.23 for Phase 1.
In September 2022 the Leadership Team approved that construction of Phase 1 could proceed. As per United Church protocol, the Trustees made a request to the Prairie to Pine Regional Council Property Commission for approval to proceed. This approval was granted in October, 2022.
Confirm scope of Phase 1 and sign contract with Bockstael Construction, who will apply for all necessary permits, tender work to contractors and order items with long delivery times.
We expect to start construction in March or April of 2023.
CFRUC is a centre for spirituality and the arts in this community – a place where community can grow, gather and flourish.
The foundation of our church and congregation is service. We achieve this through community programming, supports to the arts and by participating in broader social justice initiatives. Our building and grounds provide a welcoming gathering space for community to connect, learn and enjoy the arts.
On average yearly, we host more than 10,000 attendees at public events. Our church facilities can accommodate a variety of functions including meetings, workshops and concerts. Wheelchair accessible spaces are available. We have added recording and live streaming capabilities to what we offer.
We maintain a Christian education program for children and youth. At the same time we look beyond our walls to support the needs of the children in our neighborhood. Along with our arts partners, we provide enrichment programming to children and youth. The Fort Rouge Child Care Centre is located in our building.
We believe in the positive impact of the arts and this message is central to our purpose. We provide arts programming and are a venue for musical, visual, literary, and performing arts events. Artfest is our lively annual festival celebration of the arts.
We have a vibrant 55 plus presence in our faith community – energized, action-oriented and engaged. Community-focused programming celebrates and connects seniors. Join a music class, walking group or simply visit us for coffee and socializing. We offer opportunities to explore the arts, engage in a variety of workshops, or become a volunteer!
We believe to be faithful is to be engaged with the world around us, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others and to seek justice and resist evil. As we live out this faith, we have found a variety of ways to reach out to support families, seniors and many arts and choral groups.
Reverend Marc Whitehead offers worship online and in person, if health regulations permit, every Sunday at 10:30 am. We interpret the Bible seriously but not literally and seek the Spirit in everyday life. We love music at CFRUC and our services are enlivened under Music Director Michael Cutler. We also offer special services such as Christmas Eve and Good Friday, as well as weddings, funerals & baptisms.
During these Covid 19 times, we invite you to get involved and get connected! While adhering to social distancing protocols, Crescent Fort Rouge has been active in creating online and in-person opportunities to – Nurture Your Spirit!