Tuesday, January 22, 2008

 

Christ Church, London, Ontario

Christ Church, London, OntarioThe Christ Church was erected and consecrated in 1863. Within two years the congregation grew to 600 members with a Sunday school of 350 children.

By 1965 the parish roll had decreased to 78 families and 92 individuals and the parish was in financial difficulty. Father Roland Palmer became priest in charge who before his retirement 2 years later revitalized the parish. By 1970 the parish was again self-sufficient.

In October 1975 a fire in the church caused extensive damage. The congregation worshipped in the parish hall, built in 1879, until they were able to return to the refurbished church in March 1976.

Rector since August 1991 has been Rev Canon Greg Smith who is Chair of the Huron Hunger Fund and was named to the Cathedral Chapter of Canons in 2007.

Ministry with children, with the economically disadvantaged, with persons affected by the prejudices and stigmas of society have resulted in ministries such as the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Homework Centre, a monthly Community Breakfast, participation in the Ecumenical Refugee Support Group, volunteering at Camp Wendake for people, families and caregivers affected by HIV/AIDS, and Viriditas: a Centre for Creative Spirituality.