Welcome to St. Mary's Anglican Church
Rector: The Rev. Diane Hilpert-McIlroy, CPE M.Div.
Getting to know us...
We want you to feel
comfortable and at home at St. Mary's. We understand how overwhelming it can
be if you are not used to coming to church.
Included in this informational booklet is a short
history of St. Mary's; information about our ministry; areas of special
interest; our aims, goals and mission and how we might be able to be of
assistance to you.
Your comments and views about our church are
welcome. St. Mary's is wheelchair accessible, it is a comfortable and welcoming
place; firmly grounded in the life and teaching of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
As you enter the front doors you will notice a
cross symbolizing our commitment to an all loving and gracious Lord and Saviour.
We pray that you encounter St. Mary's to be a place of love, support warmth and
acceptance in Jesus Christ.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago.
During his life he shared the daily life and work of an ordinary home and he had
a three year ministry of teaching, healing and loving the people around the
shores of the Sea of Galilee. He called ordinary people to be his followers; at
least four of the twelve Apostles were fishermen and we know that many women
followed Jesus and supported his ministry prayerfully and financially.
Jesus had no money; wrote no books; commanded no
army he wielded no political power and he never traveled more than two hundred
miles from his home. He died on a cross at Calvary when he was thirty- three
years old. He was condemned as a common criminal even though he was the Son of
God; and because of his sacrifice we have the promise of eternal life with God.
Today, over nine hundred million people
throughout the world worship Jesus as the Son of God. Their experience has
convinced them that in the wonders of nature, the joy of being called into
relationships, and in the experience of worship and times of prayer that we
encounter the Trinitarian God. Jesus is the intercessor on our behalf before
God, and through the presence of the Holy Spirit we are brought into
relationship with One God in three persons.
Jesus taught that we can trust in a loving and
all merciful God and that we are all precious children to God. Therefore we are
to treat one another with love and respect and forgiveness. Jesus lived what he
taught, he cared for everyone he met there was no sign of discrimination in his
dealings with others. He healed the sick, raised the oppressed and loved the
lonely and forsaken...a sign of God's healing grace in a troubled and hurting
Jesus' teaching challenged the authorities of his
day, when he claimed to be the way to eternal life with God. However we
understand that the sinfulness of humanity caused God to offer a sacrifice for
our waywardness and selfish self-centredness that is the reason for Jesus death
on the cross.
Jesus told that he would be raised from the dead
in three days. It was to women that God revealed the empty tomb; a very
significant means of reminding mankind that God's grace is for everyone and that
we are all equal in God's sight. The message of the good news of Jesus Christ is
the reason that the church exists today.
May the presence of the Holy Spirit touch you in
very special ways during your time at St. Mary's.
St Mary's Anglican Church History
St. Mary the Virgin, Church of England was
constructed in 1888. The local people contributed about $250 and help was even
received from tourists and visitor to the area. It took only two years for the
debt to be paid off, although the painting was not completed. St. Mary's even
had a bell and an organ. It was consecrated in January; although the Bishop was
not able to visit until June of 1890.
The Parish of Nipigon as it was
known then still services approximately the same area of land as when the
resident missionaries arrived in 1872. Three churches were established St.
Matthew's in Dorion which now serves that community as a cherished museum; St.
Peter's Red Rock was purchased for $1 by the United Church. It is a testament to
the faithfulness of the residents of Red Rock and Dorion that they are now
valued members of St. Mary's. The heart of both St. Matthews and St. Peter's
churches are very much present at St. Mary's.
The bell tower at St. Mary's
old church was struck by lightning and has now been mounted on a pedestal
outside the church, although it is not used regularly it is a piece of our
history that speaks to the faithful Anglican witness to this community for
over 125 years.
St. Mary's belongs to the
Anglican Church in Canada through the Diocese of Algoma and is part of an
international association of national and regional Anglican churches. There is
no single "Anglican Church" with universal juridical authority as each national
or regional church has full autonomy. As the name suggests, the Anglican
Communion is an association of these churches in full communion with the Church
With approximately more than 80 million
members world wide, the Anglican Communion is the third largest Christian
communion in the world, after the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern
Orthodox Churches, The Archbishop of Canterbury, religious head of the
Church of England, has no formal authority outside that jurisdiction, but is
recognized as symbolic head of the worldwide communion.
St. Mary's As A Place of Prayer
St. Mary's prayer chain takes
calls from all over Canada. When someone asks for a prayer there is a group
of people who make intentional prayers on behalf of the person or family who
is requesting them. This is issues of confidentiality are strictly observed.
St. Mary's has a weekly prayer list which the members of the congregation
take home and pray for every day.
Bible Study is held at various
times throughout the year and everyone is invited it doesn't matter what
faith denomination you currently attend you are welcome to come and deepen
your relationship with God and with your brothers and sisters in the
St. Mary's is committed to
mission work, both here and abroad. We have various events in the year to
raise money to support the causes and as well a percentage of the Sunday
offerings go directly to our missions. We are also committed to prayerfully
support all the mission endeavours of our church. We have also raised funds
for the victims of natural disasters such as occurred in Haiti, Pakistan,
New Zealand, and Japan.
St. Mary's is part of an
ecumenical choir led and directed by Cookie Dampier. They meet and practice
weekly at St. Mary's. Anyone interested in becoming a member please contact
Cookie Dampier at
(807) 887-3425. The Community Choir supports the hospital Chaplaincy program
and is appreciated at the funerals when requested by the family.
Pastoral Care at the Hospital
Members of St. Mary's are
involved in the Hospital Chaplaincy at the Nipigon District Memorial
Hospital. Our members visit residents in the Extended Care as well as Acute
care. If there is anyone interested in joining this ministry please contact
Rev. Diane at (807) 887-3988.
Calling and Caring
Currently St. Mary's in the
process of establishing a Calling and Caring program for seniors, shut-ins
or anyone who would find it helpful to have human contact by phone. Please
see Rev. Diane at
(807) 887-3988 or Levina Collins at (807) 887-2708 if you are would be
willing to become a team member (requires Police check) or if you would like
If you would like a visit from
the Priest or a lay person, if someone is sick, shut-in, in the hospital
please contact Rev. Diane at (807) 887-3988
House Blessing/Renewal of Marriage
Please contact Rev. Diane at
Our church exists because we have
received the grace and love of God through the generations. As we receive his
gift of love and mercy today and celebrate together as a family in Christ, we
acknowledge that we exist also to give both of these treasures away to all who
come to us.
Our church is new, modern, comfortable,
accessible and welcoming. We are small mission-minded congregation intent upon
exploring God's desire for our individual lives as well as the life of our
St Mary's Mission Statement
"Relying on God's generous grace
St. Mary's Anglican Church attempts to be a place of healing love, we care,
welcome and accept all those who come seeking a relationship with Christ. Our
mission-minded ministry is firmly grounded in the Gospel of Jesus"
Services at St. Mary's
Holy Communion at
11:00 a.m. Sunday's
A service of Morning Prayer on
Community Building Events
Sign Board Ministry
Share Lunch follows worship the first Sunday of the month
Monthly Community Luncheon
St. Mary's Anglican Church,
20 Second St. Nipigon, ON P0T 2J0
The Rev. Diane Hilpert-McIlroy
14 Second St. Nipigon, PO Box 220
Phone: (807) 887-3988; Church: (807) 887-3693