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Fire destroys St. James, Roseneath By Stuart Mann
156-year-old church of St. James, Roseneath was destroyed in a fire during the
evening of April 9. No one was injured.
The church is located just north of the
village of Roseneath, about a 25-minute drive north of Cobourg. It is part of the
Parish of Campbellford, Hastings and Roseneath. About 15 people worship at the
church on a Sunday.
“The land was donated by a local family and
the church was built with people’s sweat and hard work,” says the Rev. Bryce
Sangster, incumbent. “It’s terrible, very sad.”
He says the congregation will have to plan
where to hold its Palm Sunday service this Sunday. It might be held at a local
community hall or possibly at the nearby United Church. “We’re going to be exploring
options,” says Mr. Sangster.
He says the congregation is sponsoring a
refugee family and was looking forward to welcoming them at the church someday.
At a Sunday service in March, the church dedicated an altar cloth in memory of
a parishioner who had passed away. At the same service, the congregation
recognized and thanked a parishioner who had done a lot of work on the church
over the years. “Now the church is destroyed and the altar cloth is probably unsalvageable,”
It was the fourth fire in Roseneath in the
past few months, he says. Police are investigating the cause of the fires.
Bishop Riscylla Shaw, the area bishop of
Trent-Durham, plans to visit the church this afternoon. She says the fire was a
tragedy. “We lift up Bryce and the congregation in prayer and I will be
offering my support and encouragement that we will find a way forward together
as we come into Easter,” she says.
She adds: “They have a spirit of the Body of
Christ in Roseneath that they’ve represented to the community and they will
continue to do that no matter where they end up worshipping. We’ll work
together to find a place to worship for Palm Sunday, for Easter and we’ll find
a way ahead together.”
Bishop Andrew Asbil, the diocesan bishop, says
he was “shocked and devastated” by the news and encourages parishes to help out.
“It’s important for us as a diocese to reach out to the community and to
support them with encouragement, prayer and tangible support.”
He adds, “I want to encourage the congregation
to remember that it is by faith that we walk, by trust and hope, and that out
of the ashes new life comes. We as a diocese support you and our prayers are