St. John and St. Philip Church
Gaspe QC

G4X 2G1





Who we are

Welcome to the Parish of Gaspé. We comprise five congregations (St. Matthew, St. John, St. Paul, St. James and St. Andrew) which amalgamated in 2017. Our services of worship are held at St. Paul’s Church in Gaspé and at St. Andrew’s in York throughout the year, while the remaining three churches are open from spring to autumn. (See our schedule for the rotation of services.)

Our weekly worship is enlivened by music director Karen Briand and a faithful choir, all committed to encouraging congregational participation. As rural people, we put stock in the ‘theology of the teacup’, understanding that our sacramental ministry is richly supplemented by kitchen table pastoral care shared by the ordained and the laity. We are an inclusive parish. We realize much is to be done to renew our commitment to living out Jesus’s commission to his followers. In this, we shall continue to be guided by the Five Marks of Mission.



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St. John and St. Philip
576 Montée de Sandy Beach
Gaspe, QC G4X 2G1
Canada
Phone: 418-645-2715 / 581-887-6880
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Church Pastor

Rev. Cynthia Patterson
Rev. Cynthia Patterson
Incumbent
576 Montée de Sandy Beach
Gaspe, QC G4X 2G1
Canada
Phone: 418-645-2715 / 581-887-6880
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St. John and St. Philip Church Gaspe Service Times

Sunday 9:30 a.m.

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History of St. John and St. Philip Church Gaspe

St. Paul’s Church at the Basin was too small to accommodate the increasing Protestant population so discussions began about enlarging the church. Eventually a decision was made to build more churches. The first one was to be the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sandy Beach in about 1842. Minutes from several meetings between 1840 and 1847 show supplies of lumber coming from parishioners and local resident gave land. The large Anglican population in Sandy Beach was sufficient to support a new church.

Construction of the church on Lot # 8 began in 1843 or 1844. It took many years to complete. Fredrick A. Smith, a missionary in the area, stated in 1851 that Sandy Beach Church was still unfinished: it required painting inside and out, there was no bell, font or Communion Service and the graveyard wasn’t yet enclosed.

Mr. George Ascah of Haldimand, in 1977, relayed the following description of the church’s interior to Ms. Dorothy Phillips, whose father also told her about the gallery and two flights of stairs.

“It was a very large church. Entered the church from the west and cemetery to the east of the church. Also the said church had a Gallery. Two or three rows of raised pews on both sides of the church also across the entrance and stairs on both sides of Church.”

This church served the community for about seventy years. It was dismantled and a new church was constructed in 1914. A rectory was also built by the first church in 1850 and was replaced in 1892. A report by Rev. George T. Harding in 1892 comments on the great effort to complete the new Parsonage being carried out and successfully completed.

The second church was built on the same site in1914. This church was originally built with buttresses as were St. James Church in Wakeham and St. Andrews Church in York. When construction was done to replace the wood-burning stove with a wood burning furnace and eventually an oil furnace the buttresses were removed. Mrs. Edna Cunning remembers going to church and seeing the horses tethered to the buttresses during service. This church burned down in 1992.

A third church, St. Phillip’s church from Murdochville was transported and placed on the site in 1993. The Parish Hall in Sandy Beach was expropriated so when the new church was moved a basement was constructed to serve as a parish hall.   Edit


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The power of Christian prayer I want to know Thee
Father, I want to know Thee, but my coward heart fears to give up its toys. I cannot part with them without inward bleeding, and I do not try to hide from Thee the terror of the parting. I come trembling, but I do come. Please root from my heart all those things which I have cherished so long and which have become a very part of my living self, so that Thou mayest enter and dwell there without a rival. Then shalt Thou make the place of Thy feet glorious. Then shall my heart have no need of the sun to shine in it, for Thyself wilt be the light of it, and there shall be no night there. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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