Stoney Creek United Church finds name for new community hub

Community Sep 06, 2019 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

Stoney Creek United Church has found a name for its new community hub.

The historic church at 1 King St. W. held a contest — open to church and community members — that generated more than 50 ideas last month.

Longtime church member Joan Sturch’s submission, Bell Tower Place, was the winner.

Council chair Doug Caldwell says the contest was well received and many of the proposed names resonated with church members.

“(Bell Tower Place) made the committee’s short list, only to be the first choice of the congregation on Sept. 1,” he said.

Sturch said she came up with the idea after considering Stoney Creek United Church’s physical traits that have been in the eye of the community for a long time; her attention was drawn to the building’s original bell tower from 1903.

She also thought about the church’s historical significance to the community and how it’s been a central presence at the corner of King Street and Lake Avenue for more than 100 years, she said.

“I felt the name, Bell Tower Place, would reflect the church’s most prominent feature, its history and the idea that it’s now a community hub for Stoney Creek,” Sturch said. “I’m honoured that the name was selected.”

Stoney Creek United — which continues to operate as a church and maintain the building — is already home to a number of diverse group renters offering programs and services on a varying basis.

The church is on a quest to provide more for the public under its roof after announcing it was no longer for sale in April and landed its first long-term partner in its new community hub venture in June.

The Literacy and Mathematics Academy held its grand opening last month.

The church also will house Stagecoach Hamilton East, beginning this month.

Caldwell said the school — offering performing arts training for young people — will hold an open house on Sept. 21 before starting up on Sept. 28.

“They are with us for the 2019-20 season, but we both anticipate we’ll be together well into the future,” he said.

In addition, the Stoney Creek Masonic Lodge is preparing to occupy the building’s old Methodist chapel.

Caldwell said the church is “delighted” to welcome them.

“The Masons have been in Stoney Creek since the mid-1800s and, like Stoney Creek United Church, they are delighted to have found a partnership that will allow them to stay in the heart of town well into the future.”

Caldwell said there’s a lot of excitement around the new community hub and day-to-day operations of Bell Tower Place will be tasked to a building management group, composed of church and other community members.

“This separation of mandates will allow for people to choose where to put their energies and allow both Stoney Creek United Church and Bell Tower Place to flourish,” he said.

Stoney Creek United Church finds name for new community hub

Contest generates more than 50 entries leading to Bell Tower Place

Community Sep 06, 2019 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

Stoney Creek United Church has found a name for its new community hub.

The historic church at 1 King St. W. held a contest — open to church and community members — that generated more than 50 ideas last month.

Longtime church member Joan Sturch’s submission, Bell Tower Place, was the winner.

Council chair Doug Caldwell says the contest was well received and many of the proposed names resonated with church members.

“I’m honoured that the name was selected" — Joan Sturch

“(Bell Tower Place) made the committee’s short list, only to be the first choice of the congregation on Sept. 1,” he said.

Sturch said she came up with the idea after considering Stoney Creek United Church’s physical traits that have been in the eye of the community for a long time; her attention was drawn to the building’s original bell tower from 1903.

She also thought about the church’s historical significance to the community and how it’s been a central presence at the corner of King Street and Lake Avenue for more than 100 years, she said.

“I felt the name, Bell Tower Place, would reflect the church’s most prominent feature, its history and the idea that it’s now a community hub for Stoney Creek,” Sturch said. “I’m honoured that the name was selected.”

Stoney Creek United — which continues to operate as a church and maintain the building — is already home to a number of diverse group renters offering programs and services on a varying basis.

The church is on a quest to provide more for the public under its roof after announcing it was no longer for sale in April and landed its first long-term partner in its new community hub venture in June.

The Literacy and Mathematics Academy held its grand opening last month.

The church also will house Stagecoach Hamilton East, beginning this month.

Caldwell said the school — offering performing arts training for young people — will hold an open house on Sept. 21 before starting up on Sept. 28.

“They are with us for the 2019-20 season, but we both anticipate we’ll be together well into the future,” he said.

In addition, the Stoney Creek Masonic Lodge is preparing to occupy the building’s old Methodist chapel.

Caldwell said the church is “delighted” to welcome them.

“The Masons have been in Stoney Creek since the mid-1800s and, like Stoney Creek United Church, they are delighted to have found a partnership that will allow them to stay in the heart of town well into the future.”

Caldwell said there’s a lot of excitement around the new community hub and day-to-day operations of Bell Tower Place will be tasked to a building management group, composed of church and other community members.

“This separation of mandates will allow for people to choose where to put their energies and allow both Stoney Creek United Church and Bell Tower Place to flourish,” he said.

Stoney Creek United Church finds name for new community hub

Contest generates more than 50 entries leading to Bell Tower Place

Community Sep 06, 2019 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

Stoney Creek United Church has found a name for its new community hub.

The historic church at 1 King St. W. held a contest — open to church and community members — that generated more than 50 ideas last month.

Longtime church member Joan Sturch’s submission, Bell Tower Place, was the winner.

Council chair Doug Caldwell says the contest was well received and many of the proposed names resonated with church members.

“I’m honoured that the name was selected" — Joan Sturch

“(Bell Tower Place) made the committee’s short list, only to be the first choice of the congregation on Sept. 1,” he said.

Sturch said she came up with the idea after considering Stoney Creek United Church’s physical traits that have been in the eye of the community for a long time; her attention was drawn to the building’s original bell tower from 1903.

She also thought about the church’s historical significance to the community and how it’s been a central presence at the corner of King Street and Lake Avenue for more than 100 years, she said.

“I felt the name, Bell Tower Place, would reflect the church’s most prominent feature, its history and the idea that it’s now a community hub for Stoney Creek,” Sturch said. “I’m honoured that the name was selected.”

Stoney Creek United — which continues to operate as a church and maintain the building — is already home to a number of diverse group renters offering programs and services on a varying basis.

The church is on a quest to provide more for the public under its roof after announcing it was no longer for sale in April and landed its first long-term partner in its new community hub venture in June.

The Literacy and Mathematics Academy held its grand opening last month.

The church also will house Stagecoach Hamilton East, beginning this month.

Caldwell said the school — offering performing arts training for young people — will hold an open house on Sept. 21 before starting up on Sept. 28.

“They are with us for the 2019-20 season, but we both anticipate we’ll be together well into the future,” he said.

In addition, the Stoney Creek Masonic Lodge is preparing to occupy the building’s old Methodist chapel.

Caldwell said the church is “delighted” to welcome them.

“The Masons have been in Stoney Creek since the mid-1800s and, like Stoney Creek United Church, they are delighted to have found a partnership that will allow them to stay in the heart of town well into the future.”

Caldwell said there’s a lot of excitement around the new community hub and day-to-day operations of Bell Tower Place will be tasked to a building management group, composed of church and other community members.

“This separation of mandates will allow for people to choose where to put their energies and allow both Stoney Creek United Church and Bell Tower Place to flourish,” he said.