return to its original purpose, a residence for our parishioners
The Rectory as a
place where a group of parishioners live in their first years of college.
Read the history of the rectory's use. View the floor-plans of the Rectory
1st and 2nd floor
In this new Millennium we don't have extended families of
college age living with married couples. College-age typically go to
dorms first year, then on to shared apartments with fellow students.
Our college age members already know each other from years of being in
Youth Group together.
This would be a
ministry whose direct oversight is already by the Youth
Minister, with spiritual oversight by our Rector, who is also the
for University of Houston main campus.
The Rectory is a structurally sound building, with a hurricane-proof
roof. The only part that is in bad shape is the flat-roofed scout
storage which needs to be isolated from the rest of the house.
We should ask the incoming students, plus other parish volunteers, to
provide all of the labor as sweat equity to
get the house ready for occupancy.
They would commit for one semester at a
time, each responsible for a fixed amount of rent per person, which would
not change during their time of living there. This is individual rent
- not a
set total for the whole building - inclusive of all utilities i.e. a
steady amount to budget for.
Each resident would share equally in doing the household duties, which they could divide amongst themselves by mutual agreement e.g. cooking, cleaning,
laundry, trash, yard, minor maintenance.
As students in future years choose one by one to move
elsewhere, the remaining residents would choose to invite someone else
to live with them, preferably from amongst peer students who have been drawn into our parish life through the Canterbury ministry
at U. of H. main campus.
I suggest having new residents come for the summer semester, and the other
residents plus the Youth Minister decide if the new resident should continue to live
for the academic year in case there's not a good mutual fit.
At least two current residents would need to commit each yearto live in
the Rectory over each summer,
to ensure its security plus wise stewardship of the A/C bill!
Recommend residency be
a maximum of four years
or their graduation date, whichever is earlier.
Education 3rd Floor
return to original purpose: People Learning, not Administration
Vision: Gathering place for Scouts
and Young Adults
Scouts meet Monday nights, use open space plus rooms for storage,
leaders & breakout
This is also place where participants in the on-campus
Canterbury group can meet and socialize with residents of the Rectory
in larger numbers than the Rectory sitting room
Note the third floor already has a kitchen for snacks & light cooking: microwave, fridge
See the floor plan of the
third floor, including
the dimensions of each room
Several rooms can be set up so
that visitors and residents can study together in the evening. The
students could use either their own laptops, or fixed PCs and LAN
printers set up for their use
The college-age social area and
kitchen would NOT be open to school-age kids, who have the Education Second floor
set aside for their use, and ground floor kitchen available to their
Desktop PCs could also be used by neighborhood adults during the day, with lessons to be
offered at set dates and times on computer literacy. Note the third
floor is already networked with the LAN set up when the third floor was
the office space for clergy and staff.
(Read the history of the Education