A good fit
“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.