Restora­tions com­plete at Church of the Epiphany

Stanstead Journal - - LENOXVILLE NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Way's Mills

Everyyear, peo­ple from near and far at­tend the an­nual Christ­mas Carol Ser­vice that is held in the 126 year-old pioneer church in Way’s Mills: the Church of the Epiphany.

Now that a more than $200,000 restora­tion project has just been com­pleted, this year’s ser­vice, which takes place on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 12th, be­gin­ning at 4:00 pm, will be the first op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to see the new version of the ar­chi­tec­tural jewel.

“The project be­gan in 2009 and was fin­ished in Oc­to­ber of this year,” said Geral­dine Stringer, one of the mem­bers of the restora­tion com­mit­tee. Work was done on the roof, struc­tural work in the tower where there were rot­ten beams and col­umns, and the porch and steps were re­built. The sid­ing was re­placed where nec­es­sary, then scraped and painted. “We found good peo­ple to work on the church and we’re very happy with the re­sults,” added Ms. Stringer.

Of­fi­ci­at­ing the ser­vice, which is open to all de­nom­i­na­tions, will be par­tially re­tired Rev­erend Bar­bara Wintle.

Of course, with­out elec­tric­ity in this her­itage church, the en­tire ser­vice takes place un­der the soft light of an­tique oil lamps. Peo­ple are strongly en­cour­aged to bring flash­lights so they can read and sing along with the ser­vice.

Once the carols have all been sung, a so­cial gath­er­ing with re­fresh­ments will take place in the com­mu­nity hall on the other side of the bridge, within walk­ing dis­tance of the church.

Pho­tos cour­tesy

Work was done to the in­te­rior of the Church of the Epiphany as well as to its ex­te­rior.

The an­nual Christ­mas Carol Ser­vice at the Church of the Epiphany, in Way’s Mills, takes place on De­cem­ber 12th and will be a nice op­por­tu­nity to see the newly re­stored land­mark.

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