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.
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.
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
Following is a photo and a paragraph excerpt from The History of the Pike Family which is located at http://www.surreyhistory.ca/pikefamily.html
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.
“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.
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?
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