Saturday, August 8, 2015

inSPIREd Sunday


August 2015 - St. Jacob ON

We went to the market in St. Jacob's and then drove into town.

Drop by on Monday for a walk around the town and on Friday for some photos of the market.

The congregation was organized in 1864, and met in the schoolhouse, which is located behind the present church. The cornerstone for a new church was laid on May 21, 1866 and the brick church which was built adjoining the school, was dedicated on August 22, 1866. Land was purchased for a cemetery in 1868. Rev. Daniel Stahlschmidt was the first pastor. The congregation had become part of the Elmira Parish as of December 1865 and this association remained until 1905 when the congregation was joined with Conestogo. Rev. A.R. Schultz of St. James, Elmira had been pastor to the St. Jacobs congregation from 1879 until this time. A parish hall was built in 1905 and in 1918 the church was enlarged - a tower and main entrance were built.

Land was purchased in 1956 on the north side of the church and on August 13, 1961 the ground breaking service for a new church was held. Construction began immediately and the final service was held in the old church on November 18, 1961. Dedication services for the new church were held on May 27, 1962. The congregation celebrated the church's 125th Anniversary on September 8, 1991.





Yes, these photos were taken on the same day. There were rain storms swirling all around us.

9 comments:

  1. What an unusual but terrific bell tower.

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  2. This church has a long history and still going well I presume.

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  3. i love the clock tower. very cool all the different material used to make this beauty. have a nice day! ( :

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  4. Interesting steeple. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  5. Great and unique looking bell tower

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  6. The best shot is the side one since you don't see all those wires.

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  7. What a lovely building. The bell tower is quite unusual.

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  8. Quite a beautiful church. It's been years since I've been to St. Jacob's, but one of my cousins sells apples at the market there- at least I'm assuming he still does.

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