Blessing of the Animals at St Stephen’s Church – A Past Perfect Event

St Francis of Assisi - St Stephen's Church

St Francis of Assisi

Sunday, August 9th, 2015 at 2 p.m

Our outdoor Service includes music, prayers, and readings from scripture, as well as the blessing of each animal that comes.

All animals should be brought in carriers or on leashes.

St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
7921 St. Stephen Road (off Mt Newton X Road)  Saanichton, BC

Each animal will receive a Personal Blessing from one of our priests and a signed Blessing Certificate.

Churches around the world celebrate what St. Francis of Assisi apparently started almost 800 years ago: blessing our animals. Francis taught that human beings are only one of a myriad of creations of God and all are blessed.

St Stephen’s Heritage Church Website

St Stephen’s Anglican ChurchThis old St Stephen’s website is the new home for the history of St Stephen’s Church since its first service on June 3rd, 1862 to until now. Any current events with historical significance included here are labelled as past perfect events.

*The past perfect refers to a time earlier than before now. 

On June 28, 2012 The Anglican Diocesan Council passed a Resolution  to merge St. Stephen’s and St. Mary’s Churches to form the Parish of Central Saanich. All current events at both churches can be found on their new website.

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~  Kierkegaard

On February 11, 1862 William Thomson deeded five acres of his land to the Right Reverend George Hills, Bishop of British Columbia, for the purpose of building a church and a school. On June 3rd of the same year, the church held its dedication and first service.

In 1984 the church was designated a Heritage Building by the District of Central Saanich.

St Stephen’s 22nd Annual Hymn Sing – A Past Perfect Event

St Stephen's Church Hymn Sing led by Louise Roseled by talented performer

Louise Rose


The Open Door Choir @ Our Place

Sunday, July 19th, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Rain or Shine

Please bring a comfortable lawn chair

Indoors in the Church Hall if Inclement Weather

A collection will be taken – to be divided between Open Door Choir @ Our Place & St. Stephen’s Community Outreach

Fot more information please call St. Stephen’s Church Office at 250.652.4311

For Louise’s Bio please click here

Caleb Pike / Duncan Lidgate / William Thomson circa 1856

Following is a photo and a paragraph excerpt from The History of the Pike Family which is located at

St Stephens Historic Church

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This is the historic St. Stephens Church in Saanichton.

The Lidgate and Thompson families were well known in the Saanichton area as they also played a part in the creation of the St. Stephen Church which is said to be the oldest church in B.C. and where most of Duncan Lidgate’s family is buried with the exception of his daughter Elizabeth.

Churches take grapes from vine to chalice ~ April 2007

“St. Stephen’s church in Victoria, diocese of British Columbia, overlooks Mount Newton Valley and has had a working vineyard on the church property since 1996”, said sexton David Scarth, one of the three founders of the vineyard.

Burl Deatherage, one of three founders of the vineyard at St. Stephen’s church, Victoria, tends to some cabernet sauvignon grapes ready for harvest. At right is a label from the church’s special 2006 vintage.

Burl Deatherage, one of the three founders of the vineyard at St. Stephen’s church, Victoria, tends to some cabernet sauvignon grapes ready for harvest. At right is a label from the church’s special 2006 vintage.

When you buy a bottle of wine for the table, you probably care about its origin. You might want California chardonnay, Australian shiraz or riesling from Ontario or British Columbia. But when you kneel at the altar rail and sip communion wine, do you know where it comes from?

Volunteer of the Month ~ April 2008

Sandy Ormiston locking up for the night.Sandy O. at St. Stephen’s Church in Saanichton, off Mt. Newton X Road has been opening and closing the Church every day for over 25 years.

Apparently there was some trouble with young people going into the church and using it to party.

Vestry wished to close the Church during the week, but Sandy felt very strongly that Churches should be kept open during the week for prayer if needed.

The Rector at the time said that if Sandy felt so strongly that he should open and close it himself.

The Rector thought that Sandy’s view would weaken after a week, but over two and half decades later, Sandy is still going down to the Church each morning and every evening, to unlock and lock the church.

And, when you visit, Sandy is able to give you an amazing historical and colourful account of not only the church but the cemetery as well which is one of the most beautiful and peaceful cemeteries around.

Thank you Sandy!! Your dedication & devotion are greatly appreciated!!!

The Diocesan Post, April, 2008