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Late in 2013, it was agreed that work would be undertaken during 2014 to reonovate and refurbish our small church in preparation for the celebration of ten years of parish life at West Gosford.  Early in 2014 the decision was made to do this work before Pascha, a decision that regrettably made it necessary to miss services on one Saturday evening and Sunday morning during Great Lent, in addition to seven lesser services (Sunday evening Vespers and Passia on three evenings, Great Compline on two evenings, Matins with the Great Canon of Saint Andrew on Thursday of the Fifth Week, and a general pannikhida).  The work began on the afternoon of Sunday 16 March with the church being emptied of its furnishings, icons and other contents.  On the following day, repairs to the ceiling began.  In the three weeks that followed, the lower parts of the church walls was panelled and stained, the walls and ceiling were repainted, old lights were repaired or replaced, new lights were installed, a storage shed was erected, a new electric oven and gas cooktop were installed, the icons cases were cleaned inside and out, and a number of other maintenance and cleaning tasks were undertaken.  When the renovations were completed, the icons were re-hung, some changes in position being necessary because of the new panelling.  Taking the lead in all this work was Vladimir ("Rick") Golovin, our long-serving Parish Council member and the original builder of our church.  Rick was ably assisted by Craig Koppman, Rick's son-in-law and a steadfast friend of our parish for many years.  Many parishioners came to help at different times in whatever way that they could, ensuring that our church was ready for services on the weekend of 5-6 April.  The first services in West Gosford were on the weekend of 3-4 April 2004, which that year was Palm Sunday.

Our March-April 2014 renovations - 04/05/14

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