Designing New Worship Space

We are blessed to have the professional leadership of Architect Gary Wagner as we go about the creation of the new worship space in the church building. Gary has been a very sensitive moderator of our discussions, and he has come several times now to worship with us, so that he can know our ways.Gary’s discussion with the Liaison Committee and members of the Consistory on October 12 was very fruitful. Together, we gathered our dreams for the new worship space. So far, the wish-list encompasses the following:

  • Kids area
  • Projection capability
  • General versatility of the space for use by the community (moveable seats, instruments and chancel furniture)
  • Consideration of arts performances (readings, dance, etc.)
  • 200 seats
  • First class accessibility (elevator by main door will not require detour to hidden place).
    Sense of sacredness
  • The overall appearance of the space should be “simple” but still representative of “church”

In the light of the sad reality of the pews now removed from the lower part of the sanctuary, it is important for us to focus on the positive prospect of the new worship space and to funnel our efforts and energies into making it the best possible space.

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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