These discussions involved Peter Stewart, local architect and GCC member, who had experience with local schools that installed UV filters as a means to disinfect indoor air. “Based on his experience and expertise, we decided to install UV filters in an effort to offer one more deterrent to the virus,” added Graham.
“Safety and accessibility are very important objectives we take into consideration when making decisions,” said Warren Hutchins, one of several GCC members who helped lead the church’s recently completed Clean Air Project.
Phase 1 of the project consisted in the installation of the UV filters. In Phase 2, completed fall 2021, 204 solar panels were installed on the GCC campus, which includes the adjoining Gilford Youth Center. According to Graham, the theme of change and technology is important at GCC.
“By embracing change and thoughtfully using technology, we can enhance the safety of people who visit us and increase access to those unable to see us in person,” he said. “At a time when our nation is so divided, we aim to build bridges and bring people together. I think our recent projects demonstrate that commitment.”
Located in Gilford, NH, Gilford Community Church (GCC) is an inclusive, open community with a broadly ecumenical spirit that welcomes people from all denominational and cultural backgrounds.