Renovation Updates Here!

Sunday, September 3

New windows are being installed at Kirklea – and hopefully none of these windows will fall into an office! Cedar shingle siding has been delivered for the upper part of the building. Repairs have been made to interior wooden floors. And very exciting – the repairs to the parking lot have begun! There is a very long way to go on all fronts but the progress is visible.

Thank you to all those working so hard to make this long-awaited dream a reality!

Sunday, August 13

Visible progress is being made at Kirklea. The new roof is on – and it is beautiful. No more leaks, drips or water-stained ceilings for many, many years to come! Paint colors are being chosen that will enhance the interior and exterior and blend well with each other.

Please feel free to visit any of the church clergy and staff in their temporary offices in the church building. You will find them in choir room, SPIES room, Library and Parish Hall coat closet!

Sunday, July 30

Workers are removing unused wire, cable and outdoor service boxes while planning for improved electrical, internet and telephone access throughout Kirklea. There will be a new mini-workstation on the second floor. Framing of the inside has begun. The roof is being prepared for its new crown and the replacement windows have arrived. The friendly crew is working hard in the summer heat and the progress is visible!

Sunday, July 16

The interior demolition of Kirklea is complete.

Twenty percent of the exterior lead paint has been removed. Lead abatement is designed to permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards. Abatement involves specialized techniques not seen with other paints in regular use today. The EPA requires individuals and firms who perform abatement projects in pre-1978 facilities to be specially certified and follow specific removal practices.

Sunday, July 2

Currently the crew is working on taking down the siding, and putting up Tyvek, which is a barrier paper that helps keep air and water out, while letting water vapor escape. This will contribute to improved building durability by helping to protect Kirklea against damaging wind and rain that can penetrate the exterior siding. It will also reduce energy bills by controlling air flow and water intrusion, which will help insulation work better, and allow the HVAC system to work more efficiently.

The usable siding and woodwork is being stripped of lead paint and prepped for painting (watch for workers in hazmat gear!).

Intrastate Pest Control will be conducting a termite inspection soon.

Monday, June 12

Now that the staff and clergy have set up their offices in our church building, the renovation of Kirklea has begun. Scaffolding covers the outside in preparation for stripping off old lead paint, replacing rotten siding and windows and putting on a new, non-leaking roof!

Inside, the old radiators have been removed and floors covered as this huge project gets underway. Check back here for updates!

Wednesday, May 31

The clergy and staff of St. Paul’s Ivy are moving into temporary office spaces within the church buildings so that our long-awaited renovation and restoration of Kirklea can begin.

The Rev. Richard A. Lord, Interim Associate Rector: The Library

Daniel Brinson, Director of Church Music: The Choir Room
Debbie Scott, Director of Spirituality and Missions: The Choir Room
Vic Dandridge, Treasurer: The Choir Room
Elizabeth Suoranta, Office Assistant: The Choir Room

Audi Barlow: Director of Children and Youth Formation: The SPIES Room

Mary Lane, Parish Administrator: the Parish Hall (actually in the large closet space near the doors to the outside!)

Our telephone number will remain 434/979-6354 and the church office can also be reached via email at

Please feel free to come and see us in our new digs!

March 6, 2017

Dear Friends of St. Paul’s, Ivy,

Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to the Capital Campaign. To date, 107 households have contributed $840,945, 70% of our $1.2 million goal. While that is a great start, we still have a ways to go.

As our vestry and staff meet the challenges of the new year, it is incumbent upon us all to properly care for the facilities we are blessed with so that we can attract wonderful people to work, worship, and thrive at our church.  A connected and supportive parish speaks volumes to anyone looking for a church home.

If you have not already contributed, we hope that as the campaign winds down, you will prayerfully consider giving whatever amount is comfortable for you and your family. Just as important as reaching our ultimate campaign goal is having a100% participation from our parish so that we can all feel a part of this effort.

If you have questions about the campaign, please contact any of us  and we would be happy to meet with you in person or communicate via email or phone. Thank you again for your consideration and your support of St. Paul’s Ivy and for being a Part of Our Story.

Carolyn Achenbach and Pam Edmonds, Co-Chairs, Capital Campaign Committee
David Cooke, II and Scott Gillespie, Solicitations
The Rev. Dr. Eric J. Liles, Rector

We truly enjoy the beauty of our church home and value what we do here. We understand the importance of a safe and well-maintained campus to support our faithful work. As we have carefully considered our way forward over the past year with studies, in-depth strategic planning, surveys and town hall meetings, our parish has overwhelmingly acknowledged the need to renovate and remodel Kirklea, improve the parking areas and address accessibility. To accomplish this work, our vestry has approved a capital campaign with a goal of 1.2 million. Thank you for being a part of our St. Paul’s story and for participating in all of the work has brought us to this point.

Renovations will include:

Renovation of Kirklea
new roof
new siding shingles
new, more efficient HVAC system
new insulation
electrical and structural upgrades to meet code
improvements to bathrooms
insulated windows
improved layout
additional storage and work space
upgraded lighting
repaired masonry
stabilized porches
enhanced entrance paths

Repair of Parking Lot
grading to correct drainage issues
better parking layout
additional spaces
grading to improve access to church buildings from disabled parking
additional lighting