|Church of the Epiphany|
|THE ORIGINS OF THE CHURCH OF THE EPIPHANY
This is based largely on 3 sources.
The land on which this church stands today used to belong to the United Church. On this land, stood a clapboard building. It doubled as a church and a school. It was a school because the public school had burned down (likely in 1948) and had not been rebuilt.
At this stage in the story, developements and events become hazy. The building was old and heated only with a pot-bellied stove. In the winter there may have been no services in it some Sundays. Work had to wait for spring. Secondly, the building committee had to get architect's plans and then get a contractor. Since the Diocese was putting up the money it meant trips to Ottawea to get approval at that end.
By the time construction began, the Rev. Kenward had been transferred and the Rev. Williams was the new priest It would be nice to say that everything went smoothly when the church was built. but such cannot be said in truth. After the basement had been poured, the earth settled and it developed serious cracks. Five tons of shingles were put on the roof, causing the walls to spread. The steel
In spite of these difficulties, the Church was finished enough by December that a Christmas Eve service could be held. Chairs were borrowed from St. Hedwig's and at the Christmas Eve service, Nancy-Jean Donaldson was baptized.
There were still dark clouds on the horizon. Many of the families out of the 35 who pledged their support in 1956 had disappeared by 1959. Givings in the church had declined to the point where the interest of 1/2 of 1% could not be paid.
By the summer of 1960 enough of the church interior was completed that the dedication ceremony could be held. That ceremony was held Wednesday July 6, 1960 at 8:00 p.m. Bishop Ernest Reed dedicated the church. After the service a reception was held in the church basement.
It's the people, not the building, that make up our church community. This community was here before the physical structure went up. We honour those early members of the Church of the Epiphany who stepped forth in faith, and we praise God for their actions.
History is taken from an article written by Bob Kostash in 1985.