Meeting of the Congregation - September 17, 2017 On September 17, 2017, our Church held the Sunday service at the Barkhamsted Senior Center on West River Road in Barkhamsted. After the service, a meeting of the Congregation was held at the Senior Center. At that meeting it was decided to continue to hold our 10:00 am Sunday Church services at the Barkhamsted Senior Center for at least the immediate future. Our Church building in Barkhamsted Center cannot be used until roof framing deficiencies are addressed. At the meeting, this effort was also discussed, specifically a need for a fundraising plan and a need to develop options for temporary repairs or permanent repairs as soon as possible.
Photo above - meeting of the Congregation on September 17, 2017 at the Barkhamsted Senior Center.
Old Home Day -- September 10, 2017 Old Home Day activities began with the Sunday worship services at 10:00. Because of the roof issues the service was held outside the Church on the Portico. Following the service, the traditional group photograph of all participants was taken on the steps of th Church portico. After the service we enjoyed a Pot Luck luncheon...what a nice warm sunny day for all the activities!
Following the lunch, a we hiked about a half mile down to the west side of the Barkhamsted Reservoir and visited several historic sites including the location of the original meeting house built in 1784 (dismantled just after the Civil War) and the Center schoolhouse and cemetery.
Photo above left...the September 10, 2017 "Old Home Day" service held on the step of the Church. Photo above right...the traditional Old Home Day group photo - September 10, 2017.
Roof Issues Update -- August 2017 In late August of 2017, the engineering firm GNCB discovered additional structural issues in the Church roof framing and recommended that the building not be occupied until these issues are corrected. Therefore, regular Church worship services will not be held in the Sanctuary until further notice. We very much regret these developments, but in the interest of safety feel we must follow the recommendations of the engineers. Stay tuned here for updates on the location of future worship services.
Roof Issues Photo at left- our Church. Look closer and you can see a big tan tarp covering part of the roof. We have a leaky roof, and worse- the roof framing has issues. This tarp lasted about a year, now (late 2017) it is pretty much in tatters.
In 2016 we hired a structural engineering firm to pinpoint the framing problems. That investigation is now in process. The first recommendation was to make some critical temporary fixes to shore up the problem timbers. This was completed in December 2016 -- just in time to prevent any damage from the winter snow load!
This church is an old structure that is on the National Register of Historic Places, so we need to make permanent repairs to the framing that will preserve as much of the building fabric as possible. That goal is what we are currently working on.