St. Andrew's, St. John's, St. Peter's
St. Andrew's, Indian Harbour
Rev’d. Harry Corbin recognized a need for a church in Indian Harbour, and in December of 1952, Archdeacon Stead visited the area to view such prospects. On 23rd January 1953 a building committee was formed. Leo Boutilier became foreman of the project and on Nov. 22nd of the same year St. Andrew’s was dedicated by the Bishop. The church was named by the local Women’s Auxiliary as St. Andrew’s because he was the patron saint of the national Anglican women’s group.
St. John's, Peggy's Cove
The first entry in the Minute book of St. John’s was in December 1847, for the purpose of building a House in honour of Almighty God, and the resulting church was consecrated in 1850 by the Rev’d. John Stannage.
Following a fire that destroyed St. John’s Chapel, the current St. John’s Church was completed in 1883 with a large grant from the SPCK.
Inside the church behind the altar are the William deGarthe murals “Storm and Turbulence” and “Calmness and Serenity”.
St Peter's, Hackett's Cove
The current St. Peter’s Church was built in 1870 and consecrated on Nov. 6th 1872 on the site of a prior chapel built in 1840. The cemetery containing the first gravestone dating back to 1789, predates the original chapel. An addition was added to St. Peter’s in 2002 to accommodate Sunday School and church functions.
The marine influenced architecture has ten hand hewn “knees” supporting the walls, these arches form the Greek letters, the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end.
Under the rear rose window that represents the Trinity (three Divine persons one God in unity), is the solid marble font, brought by schooner from St. Alban’s Mission church in Halifax in 1914 or 1915
MERRY MAKERS 1991
This story was provided to me awhile back and since I had room this week in the bulletin I thought I would share the story of how the Parish Merrymakers came to be – thanks to Lil for providing this so I could share this wonderful story.
PUT THE WOMEN TO WORK! (he said) In late 1990, a now-deceased gentleman from Hackett’s Cove Ray Boutilier, who visited the then rector, Reverent Rick Walsh with an outlandish suggestion - “it’s time to put the women to work” he said! At that time, money was scarce and there were suggestions that one or more churches might close – it was imperative that we come up with some way to increase the income of the parish!
Several meetings with Reverend Walsh and ladies of the four villages were held with up to 40 in attendance! On May 9, 1991, a finalizing meeting was held at the home of Barb Corbin. We picked our name – Parish Merrymakers and set up a few rules of operation. Little did we realize what an undertaking was about to evolve!
1. Parish Council representative – the president
2. No dues.
3. No rigid meeting schedule – meet as the need arises at various homes on a volunteer basis.
4. Lunches to be kept simple - Coffee & tea supplied by the hostess and 2 volunteers to make sandwiches and sweets.
Our first president – Geraldine Boutilier, Sec/Treas – Lil; Norma became secretary in 1995 and Lil remained as treasurer. By 2000 Kay Richardson was president; Secretary, Elizabeth Cooper and Treasurer Liz McRae.
Our first fund raising project – a Penny Auction at the Seabright Legion.
Since inception, we have lost a large number of members; Bannie Beckett, Sylvia Berringer, Eileen Blake, Lottie Boutilier, Helen d’Aubin, Eva Fralick, Pearl Isnor, Alice Lanning, Gwenyth Manuel, Hilda O’Neill, Eleanor Richardson, Hazel Richardson, Mabel Richardson, Leslie Walsh and Elizabeth McRae.
Story provided by Lillian Crooks