One of the oldest churches on Vancouver Island is celebrating the 117th anniversary of its consecration this Saturday, July 23 in Parksville.
St. Anne’s Church was built in 1894 by 45 farmers who are said to have used oxen to haul the logs. For the past couple of years the church has been celebrating this weekend’s anniversary, where last year they told local pioneer tales researched by a genealogist.
This year organizers will be decorating the building inside and out with floral displays donated by local florists and parishioners. Tea will be served in the church hall from 2-4 p.m. by ladies in Victorian dress and people will be dressed in period costume in the church answering questions.
Those who would like to place flowers in the church or on the grave of a friend or family member are invited to do so Saturday morning. St. Anne’s Church is located at 407 Wembley Rd. in Parksville.