For over 180 years Christians have gathered at St. Thomas' Church. The congregation was formed on December 26, 1818. This "homely structure," according to Susanna Moodie, a noted local author, became too small. A decision was made to erect a new church, which was opened in 1858. This church stood for only 18 years before it was partially destroyed by fire. In order to keep the same dimensions and appearance, it was decided to rebuild on the standing walls.
Almost 100 years later, on April 30, 1975, tragedy struck again. Fire destroyed the building, leaving only the outside walls and tower standing. After much deliberation, it was decided to rebuild the interior as a freestanding structure within the restructured outside walls, with support braces attaching it to the new building.
The old Parish Hall, across Bridge Street, now forms part of the Bridge Street Retirement Residence, which is privately owned. A new Parish Centre, opened in 1990, completes our facility, and makes it possible for us to work out part of our ministry to the community.
St. Thomas' has been part of the fabric and make-up of Belleville for almost two centuries. Our members come from all walks of life. We consider ourselves to be a Church family in which people receive nurture and support to live out their lives in a meaningful and intentional way.
Should you wish to drop in sometime, we know you will find a warm welcome awaits you.
St Paul's Mission was established in 1874 by Canon J.W. Burke, Rector of the church of St. Thomas. Except for a brief period during the 1920's St. Paul's has remained open for worship.
Initially it served the spiritual needs of the sailing and shipping communities but latterly it serves the needs of the community as a whole.
St. Paul's Mission is located at 35 St Paul Street, Belleville, between Church Street and John Street, South.
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