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The congregation at Knox Presbyterian Church in Stratford has confirmed that the church will pursue an ambitious plan to renovate and redevelop portions of the historic downtown church. In partnership with the Stratford Arts and Culture Collective (SACC), Knox has initiated a planning process that will see areas of the church converted to much-needed space for local performance and cultural programming, in addition to ongoing church worship programming and community outreach.


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This exciting vision will demand a lot of commitment and support, but when finished, this unique project will:

  • Preserve a heritage landmark

  • Sustain a place of worship

  • Grow a strong financial foundation

  • Provide socially-responsible housing

  • Serve our community’s needs

  • Inspire creative artists and audiences

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A bit of history. . .

Easy to miss, but fascinating to find, is the spot where the Latin motto “Nec tamen consumebatur” is embedded on an exterior wall of Knox church. This roughly translates as “not yet spent” or “yet it is not consumed”.  It’s a reference to the burning bush in Exodus 3.2 and it is the motto of many Presbyterian churches. For a church that was rebuilt after a fire and is about to embark on a new vision for its property holdings, this motto continues to inspire today.