Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Old St. Paul's, Woodstock, Ontario

Old St. Paul's Campus, Woodstock723 Dundas Street, Woodstock, Ontario

The church was completed in 1834 shorthly after the founding of Woodstock.   It was financed through the efforts of Admiral Henry Vansttart and constructed under the direction of of his agent, Captain Andrew Drew.   The Admiral also pledged maintenance of its first incumbent, the Rev. William Bettridge, who served the congregation 1834-79.   During the rebellion of 1837 the building became a temporary jail for prisoners captured by local militia.   St Paul's was consecrated in 1838 by Bishop George J. Mountain.   The chancel was added to the original structure in 1843 and the transepts in 1851.

The rector is the Rev'd Bruce Genge who is also the regional Dean of Oxford.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


St. John's, Desboro, Ontario

St. John's Anglican Church, Desboro, Ontario136215 County Rd. 40, Desboro, Ontario

Desboro is a village about 15 miles south of Owen Sound in Chatsworth Township.   A log schoolhouse erected in 1856 was Desboro's first building.   It was known as Brown's School House, and the location was called Brown's Corners.   George Smith built the first dwelling and store at the place in 1866.   For a while the settlement was konwn as Donnybrook.   It was named after Desborough in England when a post office was opened in 1869.

The red brick church was built in 1886 and dedicated for service the following year.   The Belfry was added in 1925 but in 1984 was found to be unsafe.   The bell is now on a cement pad north of the walkway.   The church has eight stained glass side windows, as well as the two over the Altar.

St John's is part of a parish with St. Paul's Church, Chatsworth. The Rev'd Anne Mills is rector.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


St John-in-the-Wilderness Church, Brights Grove

St John-in-the-Wilderness Church, Brights Grove2896 Old Lakeshore Road, Brights Grove, Ontario

St. John-in-the-Wilderness Anglican church is on the shores of Lake Huron. The church was built in 1856 and was the second Anglican church to be established in the Sarnia area. At the time the church was built the land was cedar swamp. This is why the name was given to this pioneer church.

The property was established by Henry Jones who was given a 10,000 acre tract of land along Lake Huron shores in 1827. He brought a colony of sixty people from Paisley, Scotland in 1828 to build a back-settlers camp at the mouth of the Perche Creek, now the site of St. John-in-the-Wilderness Church.

With Christ Church, Camlachie about 8 km to the west, St John's forms the Lakeshore Parish. The Rev'd Jenny Sharp, previously Deacon Assistant at ELAM, was appointed deacon in charge December 1, 2008.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009


Holy Trinity Church, Brantford, Ontario

Holy Trinity Church, Brantford, Ontario70 Superior Street, Brantford, Ontario

Holy Trinity, Brantford was established in 1903 and is now part of a 3-point parish with Holy Trinity, Burford and St Paul's, Chapel of the Mohawks.

Holy Eucharist is celebrated at 11:15 am from the Book of Alternative Services.   On the third Sunday of the month there is a Morning Prayer service from the Book of Common Prayer.

Rector is the Rev'd Larry Brown who has been at Holy Trinity, Brantford since 1995 when it was aligned with the now closed St David's, Brantford.