The Reverend Enid Pow is the Rector of St. Martin’s Anglican Church, located on 100th Street, and she’s confirming the building has already been sold, and is also scheduled for demolition.
“We’ve come to a position where we’ve needed to sell the building because it required far too many repairs for us to be able to afford,” says Rector Pow. “So we’re looking for somewhere else in Fort St. John.”
She says it’s been somewhat of a struggle to find a new home because the church has “limited funds.”
The building, scheduled to be vacated by the end of June, was for a number of years shared with the local United Church congregation.
Rector Pow was unable to confirm, however, whether that has played a role in the sale.
“I’m not familiar with the fine details because it happened before my tenure – so to speak – but I think that there’s been a number of things that have happened over the last few years, which have been unfortunate, and reduced the amount of money available to keep the building properly maintained,” explains Rector Pow.
Moving forward, she says the church is open to the possibility of another partnership – even with non-church people if it is for the good of the community.
Saying she believes churches should be looking outwards and not inwards, she says her church – among other things – is interested in helping to address the city’s addiction problems.
“I think one of the sad things I’ve noticed is it’s not that people can’t get detox; it’s that they can’t get enough follow-up support to deal with the problems that maybe sent them into addiction in the first place,” Rector Pow concludes. “So it’s a dream that I have and our church has that maybe we can have a counselling centre.”