A good fit

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“It was a pri­vate bid and they also wanted a busi­ness pro­posal be­cause they didn’t want to sell it to some­thing that they deemed im­moral, which is good. They stand for what they stand for—I can only ap­plaud that.”

Chymist says the build­ing is in good shape hav­ing had work done on it re­cently and, af­ter hav­ing their bid awarded, the Bap­tist Church will be­gin hold­ing reg­u­lar ser­vices there once per month to be­gin with. But Chymist adds to make the ser­vices more and more of­ten, per­haps grow­ing to ev­ery other week be­fore do­ing ev­ery Sun­day. His plan will be to have a morn­ing ser­vice in Clarenville, a 3 p.m. ser­vice in Keels and then an­other evening ser­vice in Clarenville again.

They also plan to even­tu­ally fix some of the sid­ing and up­grade the elec­tri­cal panel.

“The com­mu­nity is just buzzing with ex­cite­ment that this is hap­pen­ing,” he said.

“I’ve had peo­ple (from the whole area) that I didn’t know very well or hardly knew at all come up to me and say, ‘I heard you’re buy­ing the church and we think that’s a great thing.’”

With the es­tab­lished, strong con­nec­tion — in both a pas­toral role and a per­sonal one — and the abil­ity to con­tinue pro­vid­ing a church to a small, ru­ral com­mu­nity, Chymist says the de­ci­sion made sense.

“It’s a good fit.”


The sale of St. Phillips’ Angli­can Church in Keels was fi­nal­ized last week.

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