Christ Church Anglican in Hope is celebrating 150 years

A special service on Oct. 23 will held to mark milestone

An artist’s rendition of Christ Church Anglican in Hope

Christ Church Anglican & National Historic Site is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year with a special service on Sunday.

The cornerstone of the church was laid in 1861 by Bishop George Hills – the first bishop of British Columbia – and a note was sealed in a jar and placed near the foundation.

“Christ Church’s history is in many ways a reflection of the time, and tells the story of a small town as it struggled to gain an identity in a time of unrest,” said lical historian Darla Dickinson.

“When the church was completed in 1861, in time for consecration in November, there were only two businesses and 20 people left in town. But, the decision was made to persevere, to retain Reverend Pringle and regular church services because it was felt that Hope’s location and natural beauty would restore it as a place of significance.”

Bishop Michael Ingham will lead Sunday’s service in the form and language used in 1861. In addition, parish members will be wearing clothing reminiscent of the era.

After the service, Christ Church will plant a time capsule, complete with the words of Bishop George Hills 150 years ago. There will also be tours and refreshments served.

Christ Church Anglican & National Historic Site will host a smaller celebration on Nov. 6 to commemorate the date of consecration.

“We encourage everyone to come out, to take part in this historic occasion and to learn about the role that Christ Church played in the early history of the Diocese of New Westminster,” said Dickinson.

The special service starts at 10 a.m. on Oct. 23. Christ Church Anglican & National  Historic Site is located at 681 Fraser Ave.

For more information, contact the church at 604-869-5402.