Headingley United Church’s basement after all the repairs are complete.
The basement was badly damaged after a sewer backup occurred on Oct. 9. Once the work was underway, previous water damage was uncovered and wooden posts had to be replaced with steel teleposts. A loose window has also been replaced.
Church minister Joanne Kury has her fingers crossed that the basement will be ready to hold church members during the upcoming holiday services.
Kury said, while the church’s insurance didn’t cover the $42,000 repair cost, she’s confident that the money will be found.
Donations can be dropped off at the Headingley municipal office, and donors will receive tax receipts.
As well as financial help, many volunteers have helped with various tasks related to the repair work.
The church’s annual fall supper on Nov. 3, which had to be relocated to the Headingley Community Centre because of the basement damage, raised over $4,000.
"It was pretty much sold out," Kury said.
This was Kury’s first fall supper at the church after she was installed as minister for Headingley on Sept. 22. She said she was very impressed with how well the congregation members worked together.
"Everyone knew their tasks," she said. "We could see some of the youth within the congregation stepping up."
Headingley council voted to waive the rental fee for the community centre.
"We’re so grateful for all the help we have received," Kury said.
Plans are being made for the church’s Christmas carolling within the community on Dec. 20 and the Christmas Eve service, which will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24.