Tuesday, December 30, 2008


St James Anglican, St Marys, Ontario

St James Anglican, St Marys, Ontario65 Church Street South, St Marys, Ontario

St James Anglican Church in St Marys, Ontario was consecrated in 1859.   Twenty-seven years later in 1886 the small stone building had extensive renovations raising the roof and adding the square tower, the buttresses and the west entrance porch.   Three years later the rectory was built behind the church.   The parish hall just to the north of the church was built in 1907.   The smaller additions to the church of a sanctuary and a vestry were made in 1928 and 1965.

The parishes of St Paul's, Kirkton and St James merged in 1996.   Since May 2001 the rector has been the Reverend Dr.
Dalice Sim.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Holy Trinity Church, Chatham

Holy Trinity Chatham Organ81 Selkirk Street, Chatham, Ontario

The parish was founded in 1875, chiefly to serve the growing number of immigrant families who were coming to Chatham, Ontario to work in the city’s manufacturing industry.

Isaac Hellmuth (1817-1901)Isaac Hellmuth, the second Bishop of Huron, under whose guidance the parish began, was himself a Lithuanian Jew and a convert to Christianity.   Hellmuth's most lasting accomplishment was the establishment of what is now the University of Western Ontario in 1878.   He was its first chancellor and its major financial supporter.

The Pipe Organ is of three manuals plus pedals, consisting of 1700 pipes in 30 ranks.   The most notable feature will be the brass 'Trompette en Chamade' located over the ambulatory door.   The builder was the firm of Pole & Kingham.

The Rev'd Alan Knight was appointed rector of Holy Trinity, Chatham in September 2008.   Ordained in 1986, his previous appointment was as Priest in Charge of St. John the Evangelist, Sault Ste Marie and St. John's, Garden River in the Diocese of Algoma.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Talbot Settlement Churches

Old St Thomas Church, St Thomas, Ontario
Thomas Talbot was born at Castle Malahide, Ireland in 1771, a member of the Anglo-Irish nobility.   He came to Canada on a military commission and explored what was then known as Upper Canada with John Graves Simcoe.   In 1803 Colonel Talbot was granted 5,000 acres along the north shore of Lake Erie.   He then set in motion an aggressive settlement plan, insisting that the people to whom he donated land clear the property and build dwellings.   They did not receive the final deed to the land until this was done.   In all, 27 settlements were established.

Land for churches was given directly by Talbot or by his associates.   The four surviving churches are similar in design, and are known as The Talbot Settlement Churches.

Shown is Old St Thomas Church, St Thomas that was constructed between 1822 and 1824.   The frame church was used continuously until 1877 when the congregation moved to Trinity Church.   In 1986, Old St Thomas was restored and is now available for rental.

St. Peter's Anglican Church, Tyrconnell was built in the autumn of 1827.   Land for Christ Church, Port Stanley, Ontario was donated in 1826 but the church itself was not built until 1844.   Trinity Church, Port Burwell, Ontario had its first service was conducted February 22, 1836.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


Christ Church, Meaford, Ontario

Chichester Cathedral window fragment, Meaford, Ontario34 Boucher Street East, Meaford, Ontario

The parish was established in 1856 and 5 years later built its first frame church.   The present stone building was completed in 1876.   In 1909, the bell tower, parish hall and connecting hallway were added.

The church has 4 stained glass windows that are made up of broken stained glass from churches bombed in World War 2.   They serve as a memorial for Canadian men and women who served overseas.   Shown is detail from a window made from the glass from Chichester Cathedral.

Christ Church is in a 2 point parish with St James, Fairmount, RR #4, Meaford.   Rector is the Rev. Gary Parker.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


Christ Church, Glanworth, Ontario

In Memory of WF and JE BradishChrist Church, Glanworth, OntarioThe village of Glanworth was annexed by London in 1993. It is southeast of Hwy 401.

The window shown left is in memory of W.F. and J.E. Bradish and has the caption 'We Plough the Fields and Scatter the Good Seed on the Land'.

Christ Church is part of a 2-point parish with Trinity Church, Lambeth that also became part of London in 1993.

Rector is the Rev. Elaine Clark.   Rev. Clark also chairs the Huron Church News Board, which is made up of clergy and lay from around the Diocese.   The Board meets several times each year to brainstorm ideas, plan features, provide assistance and help to balance the budget of the diocese's monthly newspaper.