A historic church in Balfour was officially desecrated earlier this month.
Archbishop Lynne McNaughton of the Diocese of Kootenay, assisted by Reverend Suzanne Basek, watched Josh Smienk pull the rope to ring the bell for the final time at the historic St. Michael’s and All Angels Anglican Church in Balfour at the end of the desecration ceremony on June 6.
During the ceremony, Bishop McNaughton asked those present to stand and recount their fond memories of the old church.
Many remembered in tears beloved parishioners and families of the past and remembered particular incidents of a personal nature that occurred over the years.
Turning a new page in its history, the 130-year-old church will now be called St. Michael’s and All Angels Chapel and Performance Centre.
It is hoped that St. Michael’s will continue to have a positive impact on the Balfour and outlet communities in its new secular role, hosting weddings, shows, storytelling and other venues.
It will also continue to house the Christian Science Church.