Anglican congregation was served in the early 1850's by
missionaries from the SPG (Society of the Preservation
of the Gospel) from
In 1861, the Parish of
St. Paul’s was
established, with the cornerstone for the first church
being laid by the Bishop of
in December of that year. Services began in the new
building on Whitsunday, 1862. That building served until
1907, when it was deemed to be too small for the
congregation. It was pulled down and a new church built.
That building was burned to the ground in the
fire of 1930, which destroyed 6 blocks of the downtown
area. A new building was erected, made of concrete, and
serves the congregation to this day. The hall was added
According to the 2008 Statistical
Report, the congregation consists of 304 persons,
representing 89 couples/families and 133 individuals. Of
these, approximately 20 do not attend services because
they are in Care Homes. As our Lay Eucharistic Ministers
take them Communion on a regular basis, they are
considered active members of the congregation.
Our expenses for 2008 were
$277,660.00. Of this amount, 11% was spent directly on
outreach projects. What does not show on the Financial
Statement is the considerable amount of community
outreach that is done through the use of our halls.
(Please see “Use of Hall” section for these details.)
Our expense budget for 2009 was accepted as $277,695.00.
This includes a projected budget shortfall of
$10,143.00, as we will be paying two fulltime priests.
In addition to the
church proper, St. Paul’s has two halls - the upper hall
(or Fireside Room) which is a meeting style room for
about 25 people, and the main hall downstairs, which has
an excellent kitchen facility, as well as a large floor
space plus a stage and can hold up to 250 people. Apart
from the summer months (July and August) when things are
quiet, one or both of these halls are in use by
community groups and/or ourselves every day of the week.
Regular Users of the Fireside Room
Pass-It-On AA Group
day but Sunday, 7:00 am. - 8:30 am
at noon for 2 hours
Tuesday noon for 1 hour
Thursday ACOA Group
from 7 - 9 pm.
groups pay minimal fees -
$100 per month for the daily AA, and $25 per month for
Women’s Peace Movement (WILPF)
on Tuesday morning for 2 hours.
on Sunday afternoon for 2 hours
War Resisters Group
Mid-Island Early Music Group
on Sunday afternoons
Pilots’ AA Group
on Saturday mornings
Philippine Dance Group
and Saturday evenings throughout the year when preparing
for a performance
Farmers’ Market Executive
(bi-monthly in summer).
These groups pay nominal fee of $7.50 per use
Wednesday Bible Study - Meets weekly.
The following groups meet monthly -
Reaching Out Committee
Fun, Food & Fellowship
Anglican Church Women
Regular Users of the Main Hall
Group every Tuesday afternoon
one Friday or Saturday per month
Open Minds Open Windows
These community groups use our hall free of
Red Room Studios -Large
blocks of three-evenings per week rehearsal time
Nanaimo Theatre Group -Large
blocks of three-evenings per week rehearsal time
International Children’s Festival
-One or two
weeks, all day, for the Festival
of three weeks, 9 am to 6 pm, rehearsal time
Church supports the work of the local arts community,
so these organization pay only 50% of the normal hall
Mid-Island Weavers & Spinners Guild
wednesday evenings per month
This is one of our oldest continuous use groups.
They also have a storage cupboard and a library cupboard
in the hall.
Their user fee is $50 per month
Other Community Groups that use the hall frequently
Order of the Eastern Star - Teas.
11 - Teas and Fashion Shows.
The Community Choir - Rehearsals space.
Global Village - Meetings.
Ultreya (Cursillo Movement) - Monthly pot-luck
The hall is also used for wedding receptions and private
parties, as well as church groups, and for funeral
receptions. As stated earlier, one or both of the halls
is in use daily, often by more than one group.
Uses of the Church Proper
- Worship can be looked on as a community
activity, as all are welcome at
Weddings are usually held on Saturdays in the
church, with rehearsal the evening before. We have
between 6 and 14 weddings per year.
These are also held in the church. Numbers for these
cannot be predicted, but we average about 12 per year.
Practices in the church
Rehearse in the church
every Tuesday; September to May
Chamber Orchestra -Holds
four concerts per year in the church
variety of choirs hold concerts in the church. In the
past concert series in the week of August, with choirs
and a string quartet from
have been held.
church is a good venue for individual recitals, as the
acoustics are excellent and it holds about 200 people,
which is just right for most of these events.
is a designated historical building, and a worshipping
community that has been part of downtown
for almost 150 years (2011), it is a point of interest
for tourists and others in the community area. We also
have the finest collection of stained glass windows in
the mid-Island area. We offer guided tours by our
receptionists any weekday morning throughout the year,
or there is a self-guided tour brochure available. When
cruise ships come in, we keep the building open and have
guides on hand to take passengers through.
Anglican Church has contributed in many ways to the
community. From early days, when one of our clergy
started what is now the Nanaimo Concert Band, the oldest
such musical group in Canada, to more recent times when
we started a food bank from our office (which gave out 6
large bags of food once a month) and eventually grew
into the current
Loaves and Fishes Food Bank.
Because we are downtown and open during the day, we
serve many of the less fortunate in a variety of ways -
local bus tickets for doctor’s appointments; bus fare to
get to other points on the Island and mainland; Thrifty
Foods “Smile Cards” available the week before Welfare
Cheques; clothing and household items from Central
Island Thrift; the filling of prescriptions and
provision of baby formula and diapers in emergency
situations; and counselling and comfort where necessary.