Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Monday, August 24, 2015

Parking and Construction - Rector's Rambling for August 23, 2015

The M-1 Rail construction has now moved to our side of Woodward Avenue, and it makes for new challenges to our old patterns of getting to Church.
With the one-way Fisher Freeway service drive no longer accessible from Woodward for a few months, our usual parking lot entrance is now no longer generally accessible.  The primary entrance of the parking lot for Sunday services in the meantime will be the double gates on East Montcalm Street.  Montcalm is the street between St. John’s and Comerica Park.  The gate will be opened for worship, and is also a primary entrance for the Tiger baseball parking later in the day.  On Tigers game days, there will be no access to Montcalm Street from the east (closer to Comerica Park), but will always be accessible via Woodward Avenue.  On non-game days, the gate house entrance on Montcalm may also be accessed.  If the attendant asks you to take a ticket, please do so.  You will be able to exit without paying.  You never have to pay for parking at St. John’s for our worship service.  If payment is requested when you are entering, remind them that you are coming to the worship service and have them speak to Fr. Kelly or the parish office if they have any questions. However, if you are coming for a game or event, and not for church, you do not automatically have access to the lot since it is leased to the parking company.
Within a few weeks the new pattern will become familiar.  Please be patient with everyone involved during the transition.  And of course, give yourself a couple extra minutes to arrive on time while you become acclimated with the new pattern.