THE HIS­TORY

Truro Daily News - - REGION -

Rev. John Burnyeat gave up the rec­tor­ship in Sackville, N.B., to be­come a vis­it­ing mis­sion­ary. His district cov­ered Colch­ester, Cum­ber­land, Pic­tou and Antigo­nish coun­ties, and part of Hal­i­fax, as well as West­more­land and Kent coun­ties in New Brunswick. He es­tab­lished an Angli­can pres­ence in Truro in 1820.

The fol­low­ing year, con­struc­tion be­gan on a church. It was com­pleted in 1825 and about two years later a bell was in­stalled.

The Par­ish of St. John’s was es­tab­lished in 1835 and Burnyeat was the first rec­tor. He re­mained un­til his death in 1843.

By 1860 mem­ber­ship had grown so much, due to the rail­way bring­ing peo­ple to the com­mu­nity, that it was de­cided to build a new church. The old build­ing was moved to an­other area of the prop­erty while the new build­ing was con­structed. Wal­lace sand­stone was used and when Founders’ Me­mo­rial Link was built in 2016 stone from Wal­lace was used again. The link, which has an el­e­va­tor, makes the church fully ac­ces­si­ble.

Buri­als orig­i­nally took place in the church­yard, but in 1873 land on Kaulback Street was pur­chased and Ter­race Hill Ceme­tery was es­tab­lished. In 1938, 60 of the early stones from around the church, some dat­ing back to 1784, were moved to Ter­race Hill. One stone has been placed in a dis­play case in Founders’ Me­mo­rial Link, to rep­re­sent the early mem­bers of the church.

On Feb. 19, 2010 there was a name change from St. John the Evan­ge­list to The Par­ish of St. John at Truro be­cause of the in­clu­sion of par­ish­ioners from Christ Church Angli­can, in Clifton, and St. Ge­orge’s Angli­can, in Bi­ble Hill.

Cur­rent clergy mem­bers are Rev. Lori Ram­sey, and as­so­ciate priests Rev. Gary Yet­man and Rev. Dorothy Tay.

This com­mu­nion cup, from the church's past, is one of the items kept in a dis­play cab­i­net.

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