Fonds F007 - St. Jude's Anglican Church (Mount Brydges, Ont.)

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St. Jude's Anglican Church (Mount Brydges, Ont.)

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CA ON00004 F007

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  • 1886-2022 (Creation)
    St. Jude's Anglican Church (Mount Brydges, Ont.)

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159.5 cm

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(3 Jan. 1886 - 9 Aug. 2022)

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St. Jude’s Anglican Church at 639 Bowan Street, in Mount Brydges, Ontario, was built in 1886. The Incorporated Synod of the Diocese of Huron bought the land in an Indenture from Stephen Bond, of the Township of Caradoc, Co. of Middlesex, Province of Ontario on January 3, 1883, witnessed by the wife of the Grantor, Jane Bond. The deed was registered in the Registry Office for West Middlesex as number 9191. Approximately one fourth of an acre was purchased for ninety seven and a half dollars and composed of Sub Lot number eleven and parts of numbers eight and ten of Block “C” in the village of Mount Brydges.

Prior to the Construction of St. Jude’s, Anglicans in Caradoc worshiped in several other established churches in the area including: Christ Church, Delaware; St.John’s Church, Strathroy; or Burwell Memorial Church in South Caradoc. In 1876 a second room was added to the log schoolhouse on Bowen Street, holding their first services here.

In 1879, Rev. Charles Denton Martin (c. 1850-1883) was appointed rector of the Delaware parish, serving Christ Church and Burwell Memorial. It is during this time that he helped the people of Mount Brydges launch a congregation of their own. Rev. Martin came to Caradoc from St. Jude’s Brantford, naming the new church after his previous appointment. In 1881, Rev. Martin was succeeded in the Delaware parish by Rev. John Holmes (1836-1923), who also served the people of Mount Brydges and supervised the building plans of St. Jude’s. In 1886, the Wardens of the Church requested a mortgage “for a sum not exceeding $700,” to finish the Church which would not be paid off until 1899. On November 21, 1886, they opened for their first service led by the Lord Bishop, Maurice Scollard Baldwin, of Huron.

The new church seated approximately 150 people, and at the front of the sanctuary was a stained glass window installed as a memorial to Rev. Charles Martin, who was considered the founder of St. Jude’s. Twenty three years after the original construction, the bell tower was added in 1909.

In 1902, St. Jude’s separated from the Delaware parish, and formed a new parish with the churches of Melbourne and Christina. This only lasted a short while, as in September 1906, under the diocesan committee’s recommendation St. Stephan’s (Melbourne), and Christina were aligned with Muncey and Oneida, and St. Jude’s rejoined the Delaware Parish. From 1958-2001 St. Jude’s and the Church of the Hosannas of Hyde Park made up the parish of Hyde Park. In 2001, St. Judes, St. John’s (Glencoe) and Christ Church (Newbury), were combined into a new parish. This three point parish participated in joint services every fifth Sunday.

From 1902-1937 there was a drive shed at the back of the church to act as shelter for the Rector and Parishoner’s horses. A new Organ was purchased and donated by Dr. and Mrs. W.H. Woods, and installed in the fall of 1915, serving the church until 1980.The idea of building a Parish Hall surfaced in 1923, but was not erected until 1956.The new Parish Hall was officially named the Reason Hall after W.J.H. Reason on June 10, 1956. In 2009 the kitchen, hall and parish hall were renovated and in 2011, the pine flooring was refinished.

A Service of Thanksgiving and Deconsecration of St. Jude’s, Mount Brydges, was held on the 9th of August 2022.

List of Clergy of St. Jude's 1886 – 2022
Rev. C.D. Martin 1879-1881
Rev. J. Holmes 1881-1885
Rev. S.R. Asbury 1885-1892
Rev. T.H. Brown 1892-1902
Rev. T. Hicks 1902-1905
Rev. R.J. Seton-Adamson 1906-1908
Rev. G.J. Abey 1909
Rev. F. Leigh 1909-1914
Rev. W.H. Hartley 1914-1919
Rev. E.H. Croly 1919-1929
Rev. J. Graham 1929-1935
Rev. F. Rickard 1935-1940
Rev. W.C. Allison 1940-1955
Rev. W.W. McIlveen
Rev. Dr. J.A.. Waring 1958-1960
Rev. L. Jacklin 1960-1971
Archdeacon Alford Abraham 1971-1974
Rev. E. Chapman 1974-1989
Rev. Bob Dann 1989-1991
Rev. Greg Gilson 1991
Rev. T. Falkner 1991-1995
Rev. D. Sim 1996-2001
Rev. C. Crawford 2001-2009
Rev. K. Metelak 2009
Rev. Bonnie Rayner

Scope and content

Fonds reflects the administrative history of St. Jude’s Anglican Church in Mount Brydges, Ontario and its role in the community from its consecration in 1886 to its deconsecration and closure in 2022. These records are organized into five series and three sous-fonds.

Series included:

  • History
  • Administration
  • Ministry
  • Media
  • Building

Sous-fonds included:

  • Women's Auxiliary
  • Anglican Young People's Association
  • Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada

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Collection in good physical condition. Some early Parish Council and Women's Auxiliary notes have become quite fragile.

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St. Jude's, Mount Brydges


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