Anglican top brass in Upper Island Cove for 200th celebration

The head of the Anglican Church of Canada, Fred Hiltz, was in Newfoundland and Labrador to help St. Peter's Church in Upper Island Cove celebrate its 200th anniversary.
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      The town of Upper Island Cove has marked a significant milestone  — the 200th anniversary of St. Peter's Church.

      The head of the Anglican Church of Canada, Primate Fred Hiltz, joined Bishop Geoffrey Peddle and Reverends Arch Young and Bill Strong for the celebrations.
      The head of the Anglican Church of Canada, Fred Hiltz, is visiting Newfoundland this weekend to celebrate the 200th anniversary of St. Peter's Church. (Anglican Church of Canada)

      "Well we are just delighted that [Hiltz] is making this special trip to come and be with us," said Strong. 

      "You wonder sometimes if we just do what we do, and it is delighting for [St. Peter's] for the head of the diocese and the national church to come and celebrate with us. It will make a big difference to a lot of people."

      Strong attributes the longevity of St. Peter's to the people who make up the community, saying the church has become a symbol of strength. 

      He said like any church, groups like the St. Peter's Church Lads Brigade, the choirs and the Anglican Women's Auxiliary have served as the backbone of the church.

      "We have a legion of women who can tell you in a heartbeat how much potatoes ... and how much meat are required to put off either a roast beef supper or a cold plate. But they are also a very hard-working group of volunteers."

      Some 200 people turned out for a banquet and supper at St. Andrew's Hall.

      Another project later in the year will put a history board and a new fence at the original site of St. Peter's, which also serves as a cemetery.

      Click the audio above, and follow through the photo gallery to see a glimpse of the evolution of St. Peter's Anglican Church from 1815 to 2015.

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      Kenny Sharpe

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      Kenny Sharpe is a journalist with CBC News. He comes to Toronto by way of St. John's.