Ded­i­cated for wor­ship

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - EDITORIAL -

The new school build­ing, known as St. James High, has ten class­rooms, six up­stairs and four down­stairs. Five of the class­rooms are 22 by 28; four are 30 by 22.; and one is 33 by 22.The au­di­to­rium is 87 by 40, and the main cor­ri­dors up­stairs and down stairs ,are ten feet wide. The exter­ior of the build­ing is of brick sid­ing and the in­te­rior is fin­ished with wall­board and ply­wood.

The United Church Pas­toral Charge of Chan­nel, as a reg­u­larly or­ga­nized con­gre­ga­tion wor­ship­ing in their own church build­ing, dates back to the year 1862. For many years pre­vi­ous to that, how­ever, there were Wes­leyan-Methodists in this place; but dur­ing those ear­lier years, they, and the peo­ple of the Church of Eng­land, wor­shiped in the same build­ing. They were vis­ited by the Wes­leyan and Church of Eng­land min­is­ters in turn, and all wor­shiped as one con­gre­ga­tion. Later each con­gre­ga­tion wor­shiped in its own church. The first res­i­dent Wes­leyan min­is­ter was the Rev­erend Thomas D. Hart of Eng­land.

From the very first, down to com­par­a­tively re­cent years the Chan­nel Pas­toral Charge con­sisted not only of Chan­nel and Port aux Basques but also in­cluded Cape Ray, Co­droy, St. Ge­orge’s, Fox Roost, Burnt Is­lands and Isle aux Morte. Now how­ever the Charge con­sists of Chan­nel and Port aux Basques only. The present Church build­ing was erected dur­ing the pas­torate of the Rev. John E. Peters who is still liv­ing, and is re­sid­ing in St. John’s. This build­ing was ded­i­cated for wor­ship about 46 years ago. Quite re­cently the church has un­der­gone ex­ten­sive re­pairs.

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