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The voices of St. Francis-in-the-Wood – in sermon or song, in person or via the Internet – are being sent in greater numbers than ever before.  Weddings and baptisms continue to multiply;  attendance at Sunday and mid-week Eucharist is increasing;  and we are attracting wider audiences from the community with our concert series, musical events and live-streaming.  

Unfortunately our voices are not being heard as well as they could be.  Church microphones, speakers and audio equipment are not doing justice to our voices.  Sermons can sometimes be inaudible at the back of the church and our online voice can sometimes be faint.  These and other challenges are the result of patches being applied over the years in an effort to save money.  So while the parish is attracting more audiences than ever before, our voices are not getting through to everyone as well as they could be.

A new sound system – consisting of state-of-the-art speakers, microphones, control panels, wiring and related equipment – has been designed.  Components have been sourced and quotes have been obtained. The Parish Leadership Team has authorized an extraordinary expenditure of $44,000 which will help lift up our voices like a trumpet.

Our goal is to create a seamless sound and visual experience.  We want to increase the quality and quantity of microphones in the sanctuary. We need the piano mic’d to increase its sound in a space that was not originally designed for pianos.  Some of the speakers are decades old.   

We need your help.  There are not sufficient funds in our operating budget to undertake this work.  So the Leadership Team has tasked the fundraising committee to seek funds from other sources.  THAT MEANS YOU AND ME!  (And possibly the Diocese, too, if we can raise sufficient funds to qualify for a diocesan grant.)

These upgrades are mission critical to our parish.  We need to hear God more clearly in worship and events - and He needs to hear us. 

If you can help please send your cheque to “St. Francis-in-the-Wood” with “New Sound System” in the memo line, or online.  If you want to discuss other ways to give, such as donating shares call John Moonen at (604) 921-6433 All donations are tax-receiptable. 

Thank you you for your consideration!

John Moonen Chair: Parish Fundraising