Bishop comes to St. George Celebration
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.
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.