Standing in the expanded parish hall of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, the Rev. Matt Calkins beamed with pride and satisfaction as parishioners gathered Saturday to celebrate completion of several years worth of renovations to the Congress Street house of worship and grounds.

"Our building process started in 2007, when we put in a new parking lot and started a capital campaign, with the main goals being: increased energy efficiencies, repair of deferred maintenance and the addition of a new kitchen and parish hall," said Calkins. "We also added a community garden, log chapel and prayer walk, with trails into the Larsen Sanctuary" nature preserve of Connecticut Audubon.

"The whole purpose of the project was to make our property more attractive and create usable space for members and the community," he added. "We hope to use this for retreats, workshops and social occasions."