If you were at worship this past week, you may have noticed a few new fixtures. If you didn’t notice them, let’s have a quick look, shall we?
Above we see two 65″ TV screens. Congregants in the back might look at these and say, “Those are too big and they are angled wrong! I can’t even see the screen!” That’s because these particular viewers are for the benefit of 3 groups, 1) the choir, 2) people who sit on the far edges of the sanctuary, bottom and balcony, and 3) the minister (so he knows what’s on the screens). For the rest of the congregation we have this:
Sure, it doesn’t look like much now, but it’s not open just yet! From almost every other angle in the pews, the lowered screen will be visible. The only line-of-sight issues that may arise are for those sitting at the very very back, and those who may choose to sit behind a column in the ground level seating area. From everywhere else, this screen should be easily seen.
Well, you might wonder, why didn’t we use this screen for hymns and prayers, especially during the Holy Sacrament of Communion last week? The truth is, we’ve received almost everything we need. We are waiting on our projector to arrive and for the new computer to be installed. This should all happen this week, just in time for our Hymn-Sing Sunday.You may have also noticed something else in the sanctuary, right up next to the pulpit. This fundraiser/graph shows in bright red and white that we have come well past the half-way point for donations towards the screens. As you can see we only have $8,000 left to go. We set a hopeful deadline for ourselves of November 30th to have the full amount raised. Help us get there! Every dollar counts.
These screens were a grass-roots project that was suggested by a member of the congregation after hearing how people sounded when singing with their heads raised high. In less than a year, we are very close to having it in working order. With this in mind, I want to put to rest any fears that the hymn books will be disappearing. Some people love holding those books, so they aren’t going anywhere.
If you have any questions about this new way to make worship a more accessible experience, don’t hesitate to ask!