Every Sunday some members of our St. Martin’s community cannot attend services and classes because they find accessing the Sanctuary and Parish House simply too difficult. Although they want to share the beauty of God’s presence in worship, fellowship and service, they are unable to climb the stairs or fear an unreliable wheel chair lift. These are not just those who use wheelchairs, walkers, or canes; they are also those with small children in strollers. Our community is diminished by their absence.
We cannot say “All Are Welcome!” until we are accessible to everyone who wishes to partake in our dynamic and diverse community. The “Next Level” Accessibility Project will build on what has already been done and bring our campus one step closer to 100% accessibility.
The “Next Level” Accessibility Project will create easy and dignified access to worship, fellowship, learning, and service on the St. Martin’s campus. People who in the past have been unable to navigate independently into our Sanctuary and Parish House will now be able to do so with ease.
• An elegant ramp of Wissahickon Schist will curve up to the Willow Grove Avenue door, its profile so integrated into the building as to appear part of the original design.
• Dangerous steps will be replaced on the Willow Grove Terrace by gentle slopes and curb cuts so all levels are accessible and tripping hazards are removed. Handrails will be rearranged for the ease and safety of all.
• Handicapped parking spots will be clearly demarcated on Willow Grove Avenue close to the accessible entrance and protected from traffic by set-backs from the street.
• The Willow Grove Terrace will be expanded and smoothed for safety, for liturgical gatherings on Palm Sunday and Easter Vigil and for hospitality before and after worship.
• The Parish House Door will be rearranged to make it more easily operable. A friendly and welcoming glass door will be installed inside the existing wood doors that many find heavy and difficult to maneuver. The beautiful wood doors will be hinged open during the day like shutters and closed at night.
• New lighting will be installed in the project area to illuminate the church and grounds at night for the comfort and safety of our members, visitors and guests.
Construction on the Next Level Project is planned for summer 2014, beginning in June and completed by September. Fundraising will begin in February of this year after a public presentation of the project on February 9. We will need to raise approximately $200,000 to fund the project.
When Jesus preached the Kingdom, all people – no matter their status or ability – had room by his side. The “Next Level” Accessibility Project is about the Gospel, the Good News that reaches out and includes all in God’s unconditional love. Together we will make the renovations necessary to support our mission to Welcome All People as Christ welcomes us.
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NEXT Level logo by Natalee Hill for St. Martin-in-the-Fields
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist
Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.
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This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.