Archdeacon Brian Evans in the new church hall at St. Paul's Anglican.

Historic Nanaimo church sets cornerstone for new era

NANAIMO - St. Paul's Anglican completes renovations and celebrates new role in the community.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church in downtown Nanaimo will celebrates completion of renovations and a new role in the community with a cornerstone laying ceremony.

Construction on the new $3.5-million Centre for Ministry and Community Outreach is done and church staff are moving into new work and worship spaces.

The 930-square metre addition is part of the church congregation’s effort to take St. Paul’s in a new direction, from being a “maintenance” church that primarily serves the needs of its members to a “missional” church that looks beyond itself toward the needs of the community.

On Tuesday, staff were getting set up in the new facility, which replaces the old church hall on Chapel Street with a modern multilevel structure that includes a new hall, industrial grade stainless steel kitchen, an elevator, offices and several meeting rooms named for the stained glass windows depicting apostles on the west side of the church.

“The four rooms are Matthew, Mark, Like and John, like the window on this side of the church,” said Archdeacon Brian Evans. “The architect’s idea was to duplicate the theme.”

Windows carry an architectural theme throughout the structure by allowing lots of illumination throughout the building interior, but also sight lines through the building from street level and surrounding commercial offices and residences.

“Our theme was to be open to the community. … The whole idea here is, when you come in, you get a sense of openness,” Evans said. “So, whether, you come in from the handicap entrance or through the front door of the church, the idea was to create a welcoming atmosphere.”

Construction for the centre, which is primarily concrete, started June 15 and finished in August. Now staff are working out how best to set up furniture and equipment to live and work comfortably in the new digs.

“We removed the old building, we had to take out some rock at this end, and then started from the ground up,” Evans said. “Now we’re going through the challenges of how do you best use the space? You envision it, but then when you move in things don’t necessarily go the way you think they’re going to go.”

The centre’s first outreach mission is to invite everyone to its dedication and cornerstone laying ceremony Sunday (Sept. 18) at 2 p.m. Special guests will include federal, provincial and municipal governments, Snuneymuxw First Nation and the Anglican Diocese of B.C.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Stolen gargoyle returns to its perch in south Nanaimo

Petey, a concrete gargoyle statue, was returned by police after City of Nanaimo crew found it

RDN Transit to see rollout of 15 new HandyDart buses

Buses will have temporary protective barriers installed to prevent spread of COVID-19

RDN says water in French Creek still potable despite levels of iron, manganese

Strategy to improve water quality being established

United Way distributes $120,000 in federal funding to seniors in need during pandemic

Salvation Army, Eden Gardens, hospice society among groups granted money

Man who used to live in Nanaimo sought by RCMP on the mainland

Ajia Richardson unlawfully at large after failing to return to psychiatric hospital in Coquitlam

Mission prison COVID-19 outbreak ends, 9 new cases in B.C.

New positive test at Port Coquitlam care home

Beefs & Bouquets, May 27

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail

VIDEO: Humpback whales put on quite a show

The ‘playful’ pod lingered by a Campbell River tour operator’s boat for quite some time

Getting hitched at historic B.C. gold rush town still on table during COVID-19 pandemic

Micro-weddings, online visits, offered at Barkerville Historic Town and Park

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Revelstoke woman finds welcoming letter on her Alberta-registered truck

There have been multiple reports online of vandalism to vehicles with Alberta licence plates

Spirit bear possibly spotted in West Kootenay

A local resident spotted the white-coloured bear while on an evening trail run near Castlegar on May 27

B.C. businesses ‘can’t shoulder burden’ of COVID-19 sick pay

Trudeau’s plan should be tied to federal emergency aid

B.C. teacher reprimanded for sharing homophobic and sexist memes, making racist comments

Klaus Hardy Breslauer was accused of making a laundry list of concerning decisions as a science teacher

Most Read