Sandy Ormiston 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