The parish of St. Peter's,
The closing service was held on Sunday, December 30.
Part of the last service, held in the afternoon, included the baptism of Kaiden Harvey Blank, son of Kim Prest and Dwayne Blank, by the Rev. Graham Witcher, who had served as priest for several Sundays in the fall.
A special vestry (membership) meeting of the parish, with 16 of the 22 people on the parish rolls present, on December 9 voted to petition
|The congregation of St. Peter’s,
"There was sadness on the part of many people," said Don Rodger, the People's Warden. "But they understood.”
Rodger said most of the parish was elderly, with only a few people under sixty. "I'm 71 and I'm one of the youngest guys in the congregation."
The church building was nearly 100 years old, built in 1911-12 with volunteer labour, and had many problems. It needed a new roof, windows, and wiring, which would easily take around $40,000 to repair, and there just isn't the money.
Parishioners can't do the repairs, he said: "You can't have 80 year old guys climbing up ladders.”
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"They have made this decision entirely on their own volition," said Bishop Ingham.
Rodger said what brought on the decision to ask the bishop to close the parish was basically a lack of energy to continue on.
Bishop Michael Ingham
"I asked how many people would be willing to serve on Parish Council come next February. Nobody was." There was no one who could take on the Ministry Assessment Process (the "MAP") as requested recently by the diocese of parishes in the east end of the
"If this was a business, this church would have been gone a long time ago. It was just sucking up money from the diocese," Rodger said.
Organized in 1911, the church building was constructed on land purchased for $575 in 1912. It was consecrated by Bishop Adam de Pencier in September of 1912.
In 1945 it was doing well, even overpaying its apportionment when it was in the charge of a young Rev. David Somerville (later bishop). In the early 1960s it added a recreation hall, kitchen, meeting room, and offices.
But financial resources of several upper
The land and building is owned by the diocese, as are all parish properties. Diocesan Council has yet to decide its disposition.
Rodger said that he expects most people will worship either at
|The baptism of Kaiden Harvey Blank, son of Dwayne Blank and Kim Prest, took place at the final worship service at St. Peter's