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Anglican Parish of St. John the Evangelist, Topsail, NL

  • Corporate body
  • 1861 -

On February 13, 1860. John Harvey, carpenter, St. John’s, was engaged to build the framework of the Church. Consecration of the Church and Graveyard was on June 18, 1861. One of the most interesting aspects of the Old Church is its style of architecture and the natural wood, which has never been painted. Sir Edgar Bowring donated the stained glass window and oak reredos in 1923.

Anglican Parish of St. Mary the Virgin, St. John's, NL

  • Corporate body
  • 1859 -

The story of The Church of St. Mary The Virgin begins in the early 1850's when it was recognized that the Cathedral was overcrowded. A new church was built on South Side Road and on June 24, 1859, St. Mary's Church was consecrated by Bishop Feild. The original building was extended as the parish population grew until its seating capacity reached approximately 450. By the 1950's St. Mary's Congregation had outgrown the old church and land was procured on Craigmillar Avenue for the building of a new church ministry complex. It was opened December 23, 1962 and consecrated October 30, 1966.
St. Mary's Parish also includes a daughter congregation on Shea Heights. Named St. Peter on the Rock by Bishop Seaborn, the present church was built in 1996 and consecrated by Bishop Harvey.

Anglican Parish of St. Nicholas, Ivanhoe, NL

  • Corporate body
  • 1926-1964

Ivanhoe and Traytown are two resettled community on the island of Ireland’s Eye in Trinity Bay, in the Parish of Trinity. A meeting of the residents was held May 1,1926, respecting the erection of a church for their communities. Those present voted to have a church “central between Ivanhoe and Traytown”. Permission was granted by the Diocesan Synod and the site across the road from the school was selected. Plans were drawn up by the Rector of the Parish, Rev. E. P. Hiscock, and approved by Synod.

The church was completed by June 1929, and consecrated later that year. The communities were resettled under the provincial government program in the 1960s. The final recorded congregational meeting was held in 1964. There was no reference to the impending closing of the church, but the lay reader, Mr. Cecil King referred to people “going away from the place they once loved so dearly”. By 1966 the resettlement of the community was complete.

Anglican Parish of St. Paul, Trinity, Trinity Bay, NL

  • Corporate body
  • 1729-

The Anglican Congregation at Trinity dates back over 270 years. The Reverend Robert Kilpatrick established the first mission at Trinity in 1729, and it is generally thought that the first church was built at that time. On May 23rd, 1820 the pillars of a new church were laid. This church, similar in design to many English churches of the time, had an upstairs gallery and could seat over 600 people.

The present church was built in 1892. It was designed by American architect Stephen C. Earle and built by master builder Caleb Marshall. Two other churches of the same design are at Digby and Windsor, Nova Scotia. The church serves as the mother church of the Parish of Trinity.

Anglican Parish of St. Peter's, Upper Gullies

  • Corporate body
  • 1876 -

St. Peter's, Upper Gullies is the oldest church on Conception Bay South. Historically part of the Missions of South Shore Conception Bay and Foxtrap, the congregation began meeting in Hopewell Church, located near the current St. Peter's in 1876. AS the number of settlers in the area grew, so did the congregation. By 1898 it was clear to both clergy and people that a new place of worship was needed. On July 20,1905 the cornerstone was laid and on November 16,1909 the newly named St. Peter's Church was consecrated.

St. Peter's officially became an independent parish of the Anglican Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador on September 26,1976. The Parish Hall Annex was completed in November 1980, giving St. Peter's it current form. In 2003, the church and adjoining cemetery were designated heritage properties by the Town of Conception Bay South

Anglican Parish of St. Philip's, Moreton's Harbour

  • Corporate body
  • 1841 - 1861

The parish was created in 1841 from part of the Parish of Twillingate. It included Tizzard's Harbour. The parish was reabsorbed into the current Parish of Twillingate.

Anglican Parish of St. Philip's, St. Philip's, NL

  • Corporate body
  • 1894 -

The Anglican Church of St.Philips's was consecrated on 20 November 1894. The Parish was once part of the Parish of Portugal Cove but in 1986 was created a separate parish. This church was in need of great repair and the decision was made to build a new church.

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.

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