This church is believed to be the oldest church in North America.
I'm not sure. The church has a website and it says about is history:
In 1864 construction began on an Anglican Church. The building was completed in 1885 and came to be known as St. Thomas' Anglican Church. It was a truly glorious building and was now to become the new spiritual home to the Anglican population of Moose Factory. And a spiritual home it was with as many as five Services every Sunday. Using the syllabic system developed by John Evans, John Horden (who later became the first Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Moosonee) managed to translate much of the Old Testament, the Book of Common Prayer and many hymns into the Cree language. Bishop Hoden was also helped by The Rev. John Saunders who in turn was helped by his daughter-in-law Edith Morrison to translate the prayer and hymn books. This made it possible for the Cree speaking people to participate in the Church Liturgy.
The church has not been used since October 2006, the building needs a great deal of repair. The congregation now uses the former Catholic church in Moose Factory.
My wife Sharon and I were visity our daughter Loreena and her husband Jeff Orpin at Christmas in 1995 or 1996. We went to Midnight Mass and I was so pleased that wine and bannock was used (I have since found out that I have Cree roots). The priest said that we would be singing Amazing Grace in Cree, so I turned to my wife (we are Pentacostal) and suggested that it wound be a good time for her to sing in tongues (ie: Cree). Moments later she was singing in Cree. I was amazed until after the service she was able to tell me she was using a phonic hymn book. This was an amazing church building with an incredible history and I consider myself blessed for having the opportunity to be part of the community of faith and on the island for 2 weeks.
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Photo taken in Cochrane, Unorganized, North Part, ON, Canada
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