PEI

Anglican church congregation takes down church upon closure

After closing down its 175 year-old church, the congregation of 12 people at St. Mark's Anglican church in south Rustico, P.E.I., made the decision to take down the building.

Parts of church taken to other churches and parishioners' homes

St. Mark's Anglican Church in Rustico was torn down after parishioners made decision to close church. (Submitted/Ralph Moore)

After closing down its 175 year-old church, the congregation of 12 people at St. Mark's Anglican church in south Rustico, P.E.I., made the decision to take down the building. 

Rev. Ralph Moore said the building needed many repairs and the remaining parishioners didn't want to see it fall further into disrepair. 

"It was sort of like losing a loved one, that we've all gone through," said Moore of tearing down the church.

"We all have friends or family that have passed on. And that is the way that we looked at this. It was a very sorrowful time. But something that had to occur eventually." 

Moore said parts of the church, including pews, stained glass and plaques, will live on in the homes of parishioners and in other churches.

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