Bishop comes to St. Ge­orge Cel­e­bra­tion

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion

Last Sun­day, Ge­orgeville held a cel­e­bra­tion to give thanks for the ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions, and for an amaz­ing 150 (con­tin­u­ous?) years of wor­ship in St. Ge­orge’s Angli­can Church, Ge­orgeville. What a joy­ous oc­ca­sion it was!

We were so happy to have Bishop Bruce My­ers, the Coad­ju­tor Bishop of Que­bec, his first time of­fi­ci­at­ing in our church. He re­placed the Pri­mate who, un­for­tu­nately, had to of­fi­ci­ate at a friend’s fu­neral ser­vice in Cal­gary. Bishop Bruce My­ers was sup­ported by the Ven. Dean E. Ross, our in­cum­bent, his brother Rev. Lynn Ross, the Ven. Ed­ward Si­mon­ton, Archdea­con of the St. Fran­cis Dean­ery and the Pos­tu­lant Gene Ross. Sarah Hoblyn di­rected 20 mem­bers of the Ge­orgeville Oc­ca­sional Choir, from the or­gan. Per­haps the high­light be­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate ‘Old Time Re­li­gion Med­ley’ by Mark Hayes, sung dur­ing the of­fer­tory, when the 150+ con­gre­ga­tion could not re­sist join­ing in the rhyth­mic clap­ping!

The Bishop, in his ser­mon opened with a quote from the Psalm cho­sen for the oc­ca­sion ‘How lovely is your dwelling place’ and re­minded us that the peo­ple of Ge­orgeville orig­i­nally formed an Angli­can mis­sion, meet­ing in the School House (still stand­ing next door to the church) and by the lake be­fore build­ing their church. He con­grat­u­lated us that St. Ge­orge’s had been built in just 2 years un­like Solomon’s Tem­ple which took 20 years! Re­mind­ing us that it is the peo­ple, not the build­ing, that are The Church.

Fol­low­ing the ser­vice all were wel­comed to the Mur­ray Me­mo­rial Hall for a time of fel­low­ship, sump­tu­ous re­fresh­ments be­ing pro­vided by the Angli­can Church Women.

Pierre Reid, the MNA for Or­ford, ad­dressed us and re­minded us that the ren­o­va­tions were gen­er­ously sup­ported by the govern­ment of Que­bec, who pro­vided some 70% of the costs. He then read a let­ter of con­grat­u­la­tions from the Pre­mier of Que­bec. We were very much en­ter­tained by a short video, pre­pared by Louise Ab­bott, of a re­cent talk given by Dr. Va­lerie Pasz­tor on the his­tory of St. Ge­orge’s in­clud­ing many his­tor­i­cal pho­tos and also re­cent ones show­ing var­i­ous stages of the ren­o­va­tion.

A pre­sen­ta­tion was made to the ar­chi­tect Claire Moore, Toby Rochester and John Hoblyn in recog­ni­tion of their ex­ten­sive work on the whole project.

With the sup­port of our gen­er­ous donors and the Govern­ment of Que­bec, we are happy to be able to leave our beau­ti­ful church in good shape for our con­gre­ga­tions and the peo­ple of Ge­orgeville for many years to come.

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Bishop Bruce My­ers, the Coad­ju­tor Bishop of Que­bec, of­fi­ci­at­ing the cer­e­mony in the beau­ti­fully re­stored St. Ge­orge’s Angli­can Church, in Ge­orgeville.

Spe­cial guests at the 150th an­niver­sary of St. Ge­orge’s Angli­can Church, in Ge­orgeville last Sun­day, were (l. to r.): Gene Ross, Ven. Dean Ross, Bishop Bruce My­ers, Dayna Alexan­dre, Rev. Lynn Ross and Ven. Ed­ward Si­mon­ton.

Fol­low­ing the ser­vice at St. Ge­orge’s Angli­can Church, Bishop Bruce

My­ers greeted ev­ery­one warmly as they ex­ited the his­toric build­ing.

The ar­rival of Angli­can Bishop Bruce My­ers to the 150th an­niver­sary ser­vice at St. Ge­orge’s Angli­can Church on Sun­day.

The his­toric Church was re­stored just in time for the an­niver­sary.

John Hoblyn speak­ing with Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid at the cel­e­bra­tion of St. Ge­orge’s Angli­can Church’s 150th an­niver­sary.

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