Report from the Committee for
Decommissioning the Anglican Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
December 6, 2017
On November 28, 2017 at 7 PM, the Committee held a public meeting at the New Maryland Centre to inform the public about possibilities for the future of the Saint Mary the Virgin Church.
The meeting was announced in various ways. posters were put up at locations in New Maryland, Nasonworth, Fredericton Junction and Fredericton. Three public service announcements were recorded on CBC and Terry Seguin interviewed John Leroux on November 27, 2017. Posters were circulated to several Facebook locations including The Friends of the Historic New Maryland Church , Rusagonis/Waasis LSD, New Maryland and Charters Settlement.
The meeting was well-attended by 43 people, including Rev. Albert Snelgrove, all Committee members and several members of Vestry. Jim Knight of the Properties Committee and Jeff Carr, MLA, were also present.
There were three presentations: Chairperson Judy Wilson-Shee chaired the meeting, made introductory remarks and introduced members of the Committee; John Leroux presented our slide show; and Jane Tims did a summary and indicated ways people could participate in the process. There were several questions from the floor and a show of hands to give an indication of community support for the idea of restoring the church.
The show of hands indicated some support for the process and 14 people/families signed up to be informed of future developments and invited to future meetings.
The Committee is encouraged by the turn-out and discussion during the meeting. A follow-up meeting of the Friends of the Historic New Maryland Church will be held in January. Meetings of the Committee will continue as needed.