Wolcott United Methodist Church

Welcome to the Wolcott, VT, United Methodist Church. Unfortunately, due to the uptick in covid-19 cases during the past few weeks, we have decided to suspend live worship once again. Worship will continue to be available via zoom every week, however, and the link can be found here on the front page of the website every Sunday morning. The service is also posted so that you can follow along and participate if you wish. Following the service, Pastor's Mike's sermon will be posted, as well. We welcome you to join us on Sunday mornings whether or not you are a regular part of our congregation.

Please watch for updated information regarding re-opening the church for live worship. We are tentatively planning to re-open for Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021. We will continue to provide worship via zoom, as well.

4023 VT Route 15 , Wolcott , VT 05680
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802.888.0395

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The United Methodist Church

Church Restoration Project

posted on April 24

Phase Seven - completed west and front of the building

In early December, 2017, we launched a $115,000 Capital Campaign to repair the current damage and to install a permanent barrier to prevent further water damage.    Our intent is to continue to provide a space where we can continue to raise money for local and worldwide missions; to provide a newly renovated space that will available for the residents of Wolcott to use for community and personal events; and to continue to tell the amazing story of the Rev. George S. Brown, the African American founder and builder of the church.  We hope that many of you will be willing to support this important project.  To date we have raised a little over $30,000 and we greatly appreciate all of those who have already donated.

Construction began during the week of April 2nd.  All of the old floor joists have been removed as has the existing floor in the front of the building, including that in the bathroom which will not be available during the construction phase.  A porta-potty is available outside, however.

The first phase uncovered some interesting finds.  When the current supply closet was deconstructed, it became clear that there had a one time been a bathroom in that area, as well.  Septic tanks were installed underneath the floor in each bathroom at that time.  Apparently, there had been a men's bathroom and a women's bathroom at one time.

The huge stone ledge in the back of the kitchen wall was uncovered, giving us a better view of the water infiltration problem and how to deal with it.

Interestingly, a bottle which had once held embalming fluid was also unearthed.  Mark Faith, our local funeral director offered the information that in earlier years, before funeral parlors were available, bodies were embalmed and laid out in the family home.  Techniques were quite different, however, and it is possible that additional embalming fluid might have need to have been added once a body was brought to the church for the funeral.  It is unlikely, though probably not impossible, that embalming would have actually taken place at the church itself.

The second week of construction has proven to be as interesting as the first - though in a different way.  On Monday, a large section of the granite foundation on the west side of the building was removed and cement footings were installed.  All of the plastic on the ground was removed in preparation for covering it with the small stones which will lie under the cement slab.  Then stones began to be transferred into the basement through the side door via an electric conveyor belt installed on the east side of the church. 

Week 3 - construction was halted for a couple of days due to a death in the family, but began again on Wednesday, April 18.  More of the foundation was removed in preparation for pouring the concrete.  Additional stones have been moved into the basement. 

Week 4 - The concrete foundation on the west side has been poured and the ground has now been filled in.  The old granite foundation on the east side has been removed in preparation for pouring the remainder of the foundation. 

Week 5 - 
On Sunday, April 29, we received an estimate of $26,400 for the additional work that needs to be done to repair the damage on the back wall which was uncovered on the first day of construction.  See picture below for Week 1 Construction Day 3.  This work must be completed prior to completing the work on the inside of the church and pouring the cement slab.  This is going to put us substantially behind in our fundraising efforts.  If you have been considering the possibility of making a donation but have not done it, now would be a wonderful time to do so. 

Weeks 6 and 7 - Work was completed on the foundation of the church. 

Week 9 - The foundation was completely filled in and landscaping was completed around the outside of the church. 

Week 13 - Plumbing was completed in preparation for the final pouring of the slab.

Week 16 - The inside was prepped in preparation for the final pouring of the slab.


Please return for updates on the project and to view pictures of our progress.  Click on the pictures for an explanation of what you are seeing.  For a full history of the need for and history of the project go to the News tab and click on "Church Restoration Project."

Day Five Phase 5 sheet rocking the fellowship hall 1
Day Five Phase 5 sheet rocking the fellowship hall 2
Day One Phase 5
Dining room set up for racism training 9.7.19
New granite step and updated fundraising thermometer
New kitchen
New kitchen cabinets, countertops, sink and refrigerator
new planters with red geraniums .
New shelves in space next to the furnace
Newly finished kitchen cabinets with stove
Newly painted sheet rock on walls in the fellowship hall
Newly painted sheet rock on walls in the kitchen
Phase 4
Phase 6 - front
Phase 6 - west side
Phase seven - completed east side of the building
Phase Seven - completed west side of building except for far panel
Phase seven - insulating the second level
Phase seven continues - insulating the second level of the front and east side
Phase six - east side
Phase Six from the east side of the building
The old floor joists have been removed.
Week 1 Day 1
This picture shows the old septic tank which was under the former bathroom.  The remains of an old toilet seat can be seen in the upper left.
Week 1 Day 2 - Underneath the floor of the supply closet
Straight ahead is the door to the supply closet which apparently once housed a second bathroom.
Week 1 Day 3 - Door to supply closet
This is a partial picture of the huge stone ledge that was behind the kitchen sink and cupboards and shows part of the reason for the water infiltration.
Week 1 Day 3 - Stone ledge behind the kitchen cabinets
Week 1 Day 3 - Vernon with an old bottle which once held embalming fluid
The inner walls of the old bathroom and a piece of the dining room wall have been removed in order to accommodate a larger space for the handicapped accessible bathroom.
Week 10 Day 1
The plumbing for the handicapped bathroom was installed in preparation for the pouring of the concrete slab.
Week 13
The inside has been prepped for the final pouring of the concrete slab.  This is the area where the handicapped bathroom will be installed.
Week 16 Day 4
Week 16 Day 4
The floor has been prepped for pouring the slab.  The yellow squares are the vapor barrier with insulation and rebars across the top for stabilization.
Week 16 Day 4
The view of the dining room from the right hallway door.
Week 16 Day 4
Eric and Walter complete the pouring of the slab.  We now have a floor in the basement once again.
Week 17 Day 5
Harrison Concrete prepares to pour the interior slab.
Week 17 Day 5
The new handicapped bathroom has been framed.  We now need to chose flooring and will proceed as funds are available.
Week 18 Day 2
Inside view of cement footings.
Week 2 Day 1
Long view of the inside of the basement look to the west side.
Week 2 Day 1
Close up of the cement footings from the inside.
Week 2 Day 1
On Monday of week 2, a large hunk of the granite foundation was removed and cement footings were installed.
Week 2 Day 1
Stones being moved into the basement of the church.
Week 2 Day 2
East side of the church from which the stones are being moved into the basement.
Week 2 Day 2
The west side of the church at the end of day 2.
Week 2 Day 2
New plumbing work has been completed this week.
Week 23 Day 5
We now have a small closet, as well.
Week 23 Day 5
Our new, and much larger handicapped accessible bathroom!
Week 26 Day 3
Our new bathroom is now complete!
Week 26 Day 3
Additional stones added.
Week 3 Day 1
New granite foundation has been poured on the west side of the church.
Week 3 Day 3
Front west side of the foundation.
Week 4 Day 2
part of the old septic tank removed with the granite foundation on the east side.
Week 4 Day 2
Granite removed from the east side of the foundation.
Week 4 Day 2
The west side of the foundation has been filled in.
Week 4 Day 2
Concrete foundation on the east side.
Week 4 Day 4
Concrete foundation on front east corner.
Week 4 Day 4
When the hot top ramp was removed in front of the main door into the church, this concrete block, probably part of the original concrete steps was discovered - 12 feet long and 4 feet wide!!
Week 5 Day 1
The huge stone has been removed and the front foundation has also now been completed.
Week 5 Day 4
The West side of the church foundation has been completed and filled in.
Week 5 Day 4
Week 5 Day 4
Work on the foundation on the East side still needs to be completed.
Week 5 Day 4
Week 6 Day 2
More of the large rock in kitchen area
Week 6 Day 2
Large rock in kitchen area
Week 6 Day 2
Stones have been spread in the entryway in preparation for laying the concrete slab.
Week 6 Day 2
Work on back wall of the kitchen.
Week 6 Day 5
Work continues on the East side of the church.
Week 6 Day 5
Entryway and entrance to the stairs on the East side.
Week 6 Day 5
View of inside of the church basement.
Week 6 Day 5
Another view of the east wall.
Week 7 Day 1
Work continues on the outside of the East wall.
Week 7 Day 1
Foundation work completed on the east wall.
Week 7 Day 5
Foundation work completed along the west wall.
Week 7 Day 5
East corner of the front and the east side of the church with foundation complete and trim installed.
Week 9 Day 4
During this week the entire foundation was closed in and landscaping was done around the outside of the building.
Week 9 Day 4
West side of the church building with foundation and trim complete.
Week 9 Day 4
work on back wall of the kitchen

Wolcott United Methodist Church

802.888.0395