Welcome to the Anglican Parish of Salt Spring Island!
All You (Really) Need is Here
To share the good news of a loving, creative, and peaceful way of life
as shown to us in Jesus
To be a spiritual home for all who seek peace, justice, and community
To be a place of healing for those hurt by the Church
To be an asset of great value to our island home
To be a living testimony to the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ
To be a place to discover and become who God calls us to be
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On Thanksgiving Sunday 2018, we welcomed our new priest to the parish, the Rev'd. Gyllian Davies. Our previous rector, the Rev’d. Canon Richard Stetson, retired on January 31st, 2018 & our Interim Priest-in-Charge was the Rev’d. Juli Mallett; both still reside on Salt Spring Island and are part of our parish community.
We acknowledge that we are on the traditional lands and waters of the Coast Salish, SENĆOŦEN and HUL'Q'UMI'NUM'-speaking people, where we, the settler Church, now live, work, worship, and play. We seek a new relationship with the first peoples here, one based in honour and respect, and we thank them for their hospitality.
The Anglican Parish of Salt Spring Island was founded in 1889. Bishop George Hills, the first bishop of the Diocese of British Columbia, consecrated St. Mark with the assistance of Salt Spring’s first resident Anglican priest, J. Belton Haslam. Central settlement was a natural choice of location at the time. Over the years, other churches were built for Anglicans on Salt Spring: St. Mary’s at Fulford (1894), St. Paul’s in Ganges (1913-1939), which was later replaced after a fire with St. George’s (1940-1994) and St. Nicholas (1945) in Vesuvius (now a private residence). In the mid-1990s, St. George’s was moved across the street and incorporated into the new building, All Saints by-the-Sea. Now the main church of the parish, it looks out over Ganges Harbour and is a centre for the congregation that worships and serves the entire island from there.
Many community groups and activities, and particularly musical events, also take place there. Today, all who seek God and a greater spiritual depth in their lives are welcome to Christ’s table in the Anglican Parish of Salt Spring. Children are welcome in church and in the nursery. Our community is diverse – men and women; young and old; families, couples, singles; straight, gay, differing gender identity; lifelong Anglicans and first-time members of an Anglican community. All are welcome.