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Anglican Parish of St. Thomas, St. John's, NL

  • Corporate body
  • 1836 -

St. Thomas' Church dates back to the year 1836, when the need was felt for a second Anglican Church in St. John's to service the growing population in the east end of the city. An early painting of St. John's shows the original St. Thomas' as a little church with a prominent tower. This tower is still part of the present church. The church was used as a garrison church by the British soldiers stationed in St. John's until the late 1870s, which led to its nickname, "The Old Garrison Church".
The church escaped the ravages of the great fire which destroyed much of the town in 1846. A change in the wind direction caused the fire to veer off in another direction. The same year, a violent storm is said to have moved the whole building six inches. In an effort to stabilize the structure, the wings, which characterize the present building, were added five years later. In 1874, the increase in the number of parishioners led to the lengthening of the church by thirty feet. The church was again enlarged in 1883 by extending the chancel and adding a vestry and additional space for the organ. The last alteration to the building was made in 1903, when the chancel was again lengthened to provide seating accommodation for over 1300 people. A second great fire in 1892 led to the destruction of the Cathedral but again St. Thomas' was miraculously saved, though most of the city was destroyed.
In the late 1800s, Canon Wood Church Hall was built next to the church to provide an area for meetings and gatherings. Later, a school was built between the Hall and the Church (1927). In 1966 the Church Hall was destroyed in a fire and in 1974 when the St. Thomas' School was closed the building became the "new" Canon Wood Hall.
In 1922, in an area beneath the church, a space was dug out by hand for a small chapel for the Brotherhood of St. Andrew's, a men's service group. This chapel was restored and re-dedicated in 1982.

Anglican Parish of Trinity

  • Corporate body
  • 1729-

The Anglican Mission at Trinity dates back to the early 18th century. In 1729, at the request of the
people of Trinity and surrounding areas, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign
Parts sent The Reverend Robert Kilpatrick to establish a mission at Trinity. A church was built soon
after his arrival. The records of births, marriages and burials of the parish began in 1753 and
included communities throughout Trinity Bay. In 1825 Newfoundland became part of the See of
Nova Scotia and in 1839 Bishop Spencer became the first Bishop of the See of Newfoundland. In
the early 1870s the parish of Trinity included communities from English Harbour to British Harbour
including Ireland’s Eye, but by the middle of the decade, a separate parish was established at Trinity
East. Many of the communities that made up the parish were resettled under the provincial
government resettlement program of the 1960s. In 1971 the parish of Trinity combined with the
parish of Trinity East-Port Rexton. This arrangement lasted for a decade and in 1981 the parishes
separated along traditional lines. From 1981 to the present time the parish of Trinity has included
all the communities from Trinity to New Bonaventure.

Anglican Parish of Trinity. Board of Education

  • Corporate body
  • 1898-1958

The Trinity Church of England School Board was formed c.1883, for the purpose of administering the schools of the Parish of Trinity. Schools which came under the jurisdiction of the Board were at Trinity, Lockston, Goose Cove, Dunfield, Trouty, Spaniard’s Cove, Old Bonaventure, New Bonaventure, Kerley’s Harbour, British Harbour, Delby’s Cove and Little
Harbour, Ireland’s Eye and Traytown and Ivanhoe.

School Boards were established as a result of the Education Act of 1876 which stated that schools would be administered by local denominational boards under the supervision of superintendents. The 1876 Act consolidated previous legislation, under which the government’s education grant was divided equally between the Protestant and Roman Catholic church for the administration of schools. Denominational education was entrenched under Term 17 of the Terms of Union in 1949, which confirmed the right of Churches to own and operate their own schools.

The school boards came directly under the Parish, the rector serving as chair of the Board for the parish. The Boards were responsible for organizing elementary education within their district. They built and maintained the school buildings, hired the teachers, maintained the accounts, conducted regular meetings, and made regular reports to the superintendent.

From 1962 to 1969 Trinity and Trinity East - Port Rexton Boards were combined and came under one administration. In 1969 all the Protestant denominations in Newfoundland amalgamated, reducing the number of boards from 229 to 22. The school board for the whole region has since been headquartered in Clarenville.

Source: Minutes of the board; Newfoundland Education Act 1876; Trinity-Port Rexton Board of Education Minutes.

Anglican Parish of Upper Island Cove

  • Corporate body
  • 1815 -

The Parish of Upper Island Cove is made up of three congregations. St. Peter's, Upper Island Cove; St. John the Evangelist, Bishop's Cove; and St. Andrew's, Bryant's Cove. The Parish dates to 1815 when construction began on the first church building at Upper Island Cove.

Anglican Parish of White Bay, NL

  • Corporate body
  • 1864 -

The Anglican Parish of White Bay is a parish of the Anglican Church of Canada in the Diocese of Western Newfoundland. It began as a mission of the parish of Flower's Cove in 1864. Until 2002, it included the church of St. Peter's, Harbour Deep. From 1964-1975, it included the towns of Williamsporte and Englee.
Churches include:
St. Bartholomew (Jackson's Arm)
The Church of Transfiguration (Sop's Arm)
St. Michael and All Angels (Pollard's Point)
Epiphany (Hampden)
St. Peter (Harbour Deep)

Anglican Parish of the Good Shepherd, Mount Pearl, NL

  • Corporate body
  • 1986 -

On Sunday, April 13, 1986 (Good Shepherd Sunday) a number of people under the leadership of the Rev. Murray Randell, Rector of the Parish of Mt. Pearl, met to form new congregation in the Newtown area of Mount. Pearl. The congregation was named for 'Jesus the Good Shepherd' and the first Worship Service was held on Sunday September 7, 1986 in the Music Room of Newtown Elementary School. The congregation held their Sunday Services in the gymnasium of that school for about 5 years.
On December 2nd, 1990 the cornerstone of the new church building was laid by Rt. Rev. Martin Mate, Bishop of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland Labrador. Construction of the new church started in the fall of 1990 and was completed in the spring of 1991. The first Worship Service in the new building was held on Sunday, June 16, 1991. The official opening and Blessing of the new church took place on Sunday, October 21, 1991, presided over by Bishop Martin Mate. On January 1st, 1993 the congregation was given Parish status by the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland Labrador.
In June 1997, Rev. Whitten was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Western Newfoundland and the Rev. Edward King was appointed Priest of the Parish, where he remained until December of 1998. The Rev. Canon Frank Cluett was then appointed pro-tem until the appointment of the Rev. Robin Barrett as Rector in May of 1999, remaining until the fall of 2008. On January 1, 2009 the Venerable Geoff Peddle became our new Rector.

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