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Save the date! September 11-12, 2021

There is a site that reaches back to the earliest days of European settlement in the Comox Valley. St. Peter’s Church on Church Street in Comox, built in 1891, celebrates its 130th anniversary this September 11th and 12th. Hundreds of families across the Valley over those decades have worshipped, socialized, sung, danced, eaten and been baptized, married or buried within its walls. All the activities of the weekend at 218 Church Street are open to the whole Comox Valley community.

Saturday, September 11

The centre piece of events on Saturday will be a guided history walk around Comox at 2 pm from the church ending with a reception at the Comox Archives and Museum, to be followed by an informal service of Remembrance and Celebration at 4:30 pm to pay tribute to the lives lived and the impact of St. Peter’s over the years. It will be led by Sulin Milne who began at St. Peter’s two years to the day from her earlier ministry in Wales and the new bishop of the Diocese of the Islands and Inlets, Anna Greenwood-Lee. A picnic supper in the surrounding gardens will end the day.

The church will be open from 10 am on Saturday morning for contemplation with displays both historical and contemporary in the hall. The church bell will ring 130 times at 1:30 pm Saturday with Bishop Anna pulling the rope (at least for part of the time). Activities and games for the whole family will take place during the day on the church grounds.

Sunday, September 12

Sunday will begin with the first in-person Communion service since the start of the COVID-19 restrictions at 9:30 am followed by an extended time of refreshments and meeting and mingling in the gardens and the hall. A second guided history tour begins at 11 am to be followed at 2 pm by the last tour. The tours have limited space and must be booked ahead by calling 250-941-5388.

More to Come!

All members of the public are invited to any of these events. Further events will be added closer to the date. Final details and times of events will be found on the St. Peter’s webpage closer to the dates.

Submitted by Tony Reynolds