Tuesday, December 19, 2006

 

St John's-in-the-Woods, Aughrim

St John's-in-the-Woods, Aughrim, OntarioSt John's-in-the-Woods is one of the six churches in the Parish of the Transfiguration which is in the Kent Deanery.

In 1836 Rev. Thomas Brock Fuller from St Paul's Church, Chatham (now Trinity Church) was the first Anglican clergyman who conducted services in the area. He later became Bishop of Niagara. The first permanent priest was the Rev. John Gunne who from 1846 to 1856 led services in different homes around Aughrim. The first church building, a frame structure, was constucted in 1856. It was replaced in 1898 with the current new brick building which seats about 100. From the start St John’s-in-the-Woods has been a rural church, in 1856, 35 families attended services and today there are about 30 families.