Final call to worship at old St. Martin’s Anglican Church

St. Martin's Anglican Church was purchased and demolished in 2015 by North Peace Savings and Credit Union.

Ten o’clock Sunday morning is the start time for the last service to be held at St. Martin’s Anglican Church at 10634 100th Street.

It will mark the end of more than 44 years of Anglican services at the church, which for a number of years was shared with the local United Church congregation.

However, as Reverend Enid Pow, the church Rector, notes, St. Martins has a local history, with a time line nearly double that of the church building.

“St. Martin’s has been around for over 80 years, so its got quite a history to it, really,” said Pow.

“It goes back to Monica Storrs, who was the missionary who came up from England. She used to ride on her horse, and had a little wooden house she stayed in. There’s huge amount of history associated with St. Martin’s church.

“This is just the end of one particular era, and the beginning of another one,” Pow said.

As reported earlier, negotiations for the sale of the church, now badly in need of expensive repairs, began back in 2013.

It was eventually purchased and scheduled for demolition by the North Peace Savings and Credit Union.

“Abatement will start in early July, which is the removal of hazardous of materials,” said CEO Mitchel Chilcott.

“Rough timeline, late summer we’ll start with the actual demolition.”

The newly acquired property is the future site of a new multi-storey credit union building, but Chilcott says the design stage has still not been finalized.

“A couple years ago we had to move staff off site. We have another location for adminstration in Fort St. John,” he said.

“The new building will house all our staff. Roughly, there will be about 90 employees in the new building.”

Credit Union plans call for the new building to be ready for occupancy in June 2017, and, as reported earlier, the cemetery off the west end of the church building will be preserved.

“We will maintain a cemetery operator’s license to maintain the cemetery in perpetuity,” Chilcott said.

“Somewhere before June 2017 our intent is to have it refurbished.”

As for the Anglican congregation of about 30 members, it continues to search for a new home.

After this weekend, it will continue to hold Sunday services at the Peace Lutheran Church on 108 Avenue.

This Sunday’s service is open to the public and will be followed by a brunch at Mama Panda.

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