St. Mary's Anglican Church - Rock Creek, BC
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N 49° 03.189 W 118° 56.610
11U E 358002 N 5435183
Quick Description: Outside the little town of Rock Creek by about 4 kilometres, this little country church has held services, whether continuously or not we don't know, for 105 years now.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 9/18/2016 7:19:24 PM
Waymark Code: WMT3EC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
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Long Description:
In Boundary Parish, within the Anglican Diocese of Kootenay, St. Mary's Church is a small wood framed church whose size is befitting the community of Rock Creek. Built in 1911, it stands on the north side of The Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3), about 4 kilometres east of "downtown Rock Creek". We assume its location, well away from the town, results from its being built on donated land.

Still active, the church shares a minister with the parish church, Holy Trinity, in Grand Forks and St. Jude's, in Greenwood. As a result, services are held only twice a month, on the second and fourth Sundays. The church was built without the addition of a bell tower or steeple, likely an indication of a general dearth of finances in the community for such extravagances.

In 1935 an addition was made to the church, using a part of the Anglican church which once stood in Phoenix. Phoenix was once a quite large mining town up the hill to the east of Greenwood, built on the site of a very large deposit of ore which contained predominantly copper. Greenwood was given life with the construction of a copper smelter at the bottom of the hill. Rock Creek, on the other hand, came into being in, or shortly after, 1858, with the discovery of gold in Rock Creek, the creek, in, or near, Rock Creek, the town.

St. Mary’s church was built on donated land in 1911 and expanded with part of the old church from Phoenix in 1935. From traditional Anglican values, our mission has evolved to a focus on music and healing. The Singing Kettles, a community choir, has been hosted by St. Mary’s since 2002. Over the years, St. Mary’s has welcomed sessions on energy kinesiology, music therapy, labyrinth, and sacred dance for the benefit of all.
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Church Name: St. Mary's Anglican

Church In Use (even only just occassionally): yes

Date Church Built: 1911

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