Registration is live for our Fall 2014 classes, and people are signing up as fast as we can post the listings. Thank you for your continued support!
It has been a very difficult year for all of us at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea, and we are still working at recovering from last November’s fire. For Red Doors participants, this will mean that we are still not fully in the physical spaces that we enjoyed in 2012 and 2013. Our access to what we call the “undercroft” (the rooms beyond the bathrooms in the basement of the church) is still restricted as electrical work, sprinkler system installation, and remodeling continues. We hope that by the end of 2014 we will be back in that space, with plenty of area for parents and guardians to wait while children are in class, space for siblings to do homework, and a remade Children’s Room to entertain the younger siblings. We aren’t there yet, but we are working diligently every day. Many upgrades to our buildings are occurring as a result of the repairs being made. A new building will be constructed as well, which will contain office and meeting space. In the meantime, waiting areas will continue to be provided in the hall itself.
The congregation of St. Paul’s by-the-Sea continues to worship in their parish hall, DeWees Hall, which is the large community center space that most of you know as a Red Doors classroom. We set up and break down for church services each week, and we are still using the kitchen for a storage space. We won’t be offering fall cooking classes as a result.
At some point this fall or winter, we may have to vacate the building for a week to allow for crews to do a sprinkler installation in DeWees Hall. If this occurs during scheduled Red Doors classes, we will have makeup classes scheduled as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for bearing with us as we are flexible to accommodate the tremendous amount of work being done to restore our historical church sanctuary, as well as our common spaces to fit the 21st century needs of the wider downtown Ocean City community.