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.

St. Stephen’s church take grapes from vine to chalice

‘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 at St. Stephen’s.

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


St Stephen’s Special Event ~ Sept 2009

st_stephens_anglican_church_frontThe Bishop’s Gospel Choir of British Columbia at St Stephen’s Anglican Church.

Join us in the Church on

Sunday September 20th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

The Bishop’s Gospel Choir is 40 member, mixed voice, choir (with children) drawn from Anglican congregations across the Greater Victoria area. The Choir sits within the congregation, during the service, to provide singing support.

For more information, please click here


Vacation Bible Study for Preschoolers ~ July 2010


St. Stephen’s Church is pleased to have been chosen as the location for a Vacation Bible Study for Preschoolers.

Look forward to learning about God with Veggie Tale themes and characters.

Lessons will include Bible heroes and focus on God’s plan for us through Love and Forgiveness.

Join Katherine and Chantal for this fun filled veggie-adventure featuring bible stories, crafts, Veggie-Tale skits, videos, games, musical activities and fun with musical instruments.

Veggie Tales – This Little Light Of Mine.mp3

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Registration & Information:

call Katherine at 250-744-5056 or

Chantal at 250-652-1038 or


DATES: JULY 13 – 14 – 15

TIME: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm


** Please bring a sandwich & water bottle. Lots of veggies, fruits and snacks provided.