Three years after selling their property, the congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church is moving to a new home.
The purchasers of the property at 10th and Grand are making preparations to develop it.
The church board was looking for alternative locations, and found one not far away. As of Sept. 4, the congregation will be using the facilities at All Saints’ Anglican Church, at James and Second, on the edge of the downtown business district.
“We were delighted to accept the invitation from All Saints’ Anglican Church to rent the space we need in their premises,” said Judith Ray, the board chair of St. Andrew’s.
“Our last service in the Grand Street location will be on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. All are welcome to come and remember the many worship services, community events, and rites of passage that have occurred there in the last 60 years: baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals.”
Sharing the same space will allow the two congregations to work together on more projects.
At All Saints’, St. Andrew’s will hold its services at 11:30 a.m. The Anglican congregation will worship at 9:30 a.m. Between the two services, there will be a coffee and fellowship hour, starting at 10:45 a.m.
Ray hopes this will allow members of the two congregations to get to know each other better and forge new links.
“We are actually really excited that we can share things in terms of what we can do for the community,” she said.
The final event at the Grand Street facility for St. Andrew’s will be a moving-out sale on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many of the furnishings and other supplies will be on sale, although the pews will remain in the church building.
On Sunday, Aug. 28, St. Andrew’s members will worship with fellow United Church members at Gladwin Heights United Church in Abbotsford. They will meet for the first Sunday service at All Saints’ on Sept. 4.