St. John’s Anglican Church closing

Bishop to deliver final sermon June 30; church to be ‘disestablished ’ after 115 years of service

After 115 years of ministering to the needs of Anglican parishioners in Ladysmith, St. John’s Anglican Church, at 314 Buller St., will see its last sermon delivered on the evening of June 30.

The Anglican Diocese of British Columbia has confirmed that the 35 member congregation has voted to ‘disestablish’ and will no longer continue as a legal entity in the community.

Bishop of the Diocese of B.C. Logan McMenamie will deliver a special final sermon; after that the remaining members of the congregation will have to travel to St. Phillips, in Cedar, or St. Michael’s in Chemainus to attend services.

Diocesan spokesperson Catherine Pate said the aging congregation decided they could no longer continue when they were faced with the need for a new building.

“There are not enough of them where they are in a position to feel they can start a new base and a new building,” Pate was quoted in the Times Colonist.

The parish dates from 1901, when it was established in a schoolhouse that was moved from Nanaimo.

Pate said the closing of one of the Anglican Church’s 45 parishes on Vancouver Island is symptomatic. “This is an old church, a historic, old church and the parish is historically skewed that much older,” she said.

“It’s a challenge facing not just the Anglican church but all churches.”

 

Just Posted

First Nanaimo-Ladysmith all-candidates’ meeting is tomorrow

Six candidates expected to debate issues Thursday, April 25, at the Beban Park social centre

Ladysmith author explores community as The Moon Watched It All

Shelley A. Leedahl releasing her latest work, an illustrated tale for all ages

What do you want to see done with Ladysmith’s old train station?

Island Corridor Foundation meets with community to discuss the future of the Railway Station

Easter Fun Day

Kids fill their baskets with treats Saturday at Fuller Lake Park

Mad scramble for Easter treats

Crofton Easter Egg Hunt brings out hordes of kids and massive bunny chases

VIDEO: ‘Alarm bells’ raised by footage allegedly from B.C. pig farm, SPCA says

PETA released video Wednesday showing dead and injured piglets next to nursing piglets

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

B.C. man turned to dating site for pimp operation, court hears

In court the details of how Simon Rypiak lured 4 women into prostitution revealed

Tofino beckons Trudeau for quiet Easter vacation

Environmental group hopes latest Pacific Rim vacation inspires change in prime minister

Should B.C. parents receive money if they make sure their kids are vaccinated?

New survey looks at public opinion around government’s role in forcing immunizations

Many teens don’t know they’re vaping nicotine, Health Canada finds

Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey finds youth unaware of nicotine product risk

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man charged with daughters’ murders

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

Most Read