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Daughter Churches


Rev. Lloyd’s original idea was that St. John’s Minster (the “mother church”) would have a number of ‘daughter” churches serving the surrounding districts.  Below is some information about some of these.  A bit more information is also available here.


Below; Letter written in 1927 explaining the early days of one daughter church.

St. Catherine's Farm
Golden Valley
Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada

Feb. 13, 1927

Re: Holy Trinity Church - Golden Valley

     In the year 1904, soon after my husband's death, I sold my house in England, and with my two sons and daughter took up three Government grants on the above estate.  We were 15 miles from the Town Church [St. John's - Lloydminster], and Sundays with no Church and several young men, who came to our home for company and music, after being accustomed to regular Sunday service in England, troubled me greatly.  I wrote to the Bishop of Saskatchewan offering the use of our shack if he could send us a minister, my sons would give the music.

     The son of the Rev. B. W. Hunt of Tunbridge-Wells had just arrived at the Bishop's house, so he sent him straight to us, and a clever popular young man he soon became, and for five years services were held at our home; sometimes 40 or 50 persons came from long distances to our meetings, and all seemed so grateful.  Mr. Hunt sought the aid of his father, and one of the congregation of Holy Trinity Church - Tunbridge-Wells presented us with £50 towards our building a Church, shack and stablings.  My son gave an acre of land for it.  The Ecclesiastical Fund gave £250 towards it, and we, the congregation, raised the rest.  A Toronto firm gave us a carpet and two chairs for the Communion and other furniture came with it.  Our dear  Queen Alexandra gave [a grant with which we purchased] a nice organ and we were very proud and grateful for it.  My younger son acted as Church Warden till last September.  ... the congregation, in appreciation of my son's faithful work, presented him with a fountain pen and case of ebony brushes.

     The Bishop presented [me] with a beautiful Bible when the Church was consecrated.  We always looked forward to these Church services with great happiness, and to meet friends after lonely weeks of hard work for man and woman.  I pray the Church will continue to be a comfort to all around.

   Yours very sincerely,

M. A. Brew


Holy Trinity - Golden Valley

Dedicated in 1911, it served as a vital and active church and community centre for 60 years. Its last service, a homecoming service, was in 1983. Local pioneers and some of their descendents are buried in the still active cemetery.

(Left: Mary Ann Brew (author of the letter above) had been a milliner to Queen Alexandra before she joined the Barr Colonists and settled on a farm 16 miles from Lloydminster in 1904.  The Golden Valley Church was located on the family property and Mrs. Brew wrote a letter to the Queen requesting a donation so the new church could purchase an organ. The donation was received, a Heintzman organ was purchased from the Toronto firm, and arrived in time for the Harvest Festival service in 1912.  The congregation had much for which to be thankful.  

Photo © 2010 - Foster Learning Inc.

Another account - author unknown

    

The Golden Valley church owes much to Mrs. M. A. Brew, a settler of 1904.  She missed her church very much and wrote to the Bishop of Saskatchewan for help and offered her home for the services.  Her home was already a happy gathering place for the lonely settlers around because they had a piano and other music.  [See the Brew Piano story in Bordering on Greatness]  The result was that a Mr. Bernard Hunt, newly arrived from England, a lay minister, came to the area.  He remained for five years and was a very popular young minister. 


He was the grandson of the Rev. Robert Hunt who was responsible for building Stanley Mission, two hundred miles north of Prince Albert, the oldest church in Saskatchewan (1860).  ... Rev. Canon Bernard Hunt of Norwich, England was invited to take part in the Stanley Mission centennial services and at that time revisited his old mission at Golden Valley.


     It was in 1910 that a meeting was held to discuss building a church and a committee of F. Byrt, Lewis Brew, E. Hibble, F. Shaw and J. F. Scott was formed.  Gifts and grants of money came in and in March of 1911 the committee held a meeting with St. John's vestry at which it was agreed that a church should be built.  ... The church was built by voluntary labour under the direction of J. F. Scott.  It was dedicated on August 7, 1911 as Holy Trinity - Golden Valley.


     In September of 1912, a new organ arrived from Heintzman and Company of Toronto.  Mrs. Brew had been a milliner to Queen Alexandra and the Queen kindly donated the money upon learning that an organ was needed.  It arrived just in time for the Harvest Festival services.


     On August 2, 1914, the church and grounds were consecrated by Bishop Newnham of Saskatchewan with help from Rev. Trench.  A basket lunch, picnic and soccer match between Golden Valley and McLaughlin followed.


     In 1970, the church was closed but it still stands (2013) on the corner [of Secondary 619 and the Blackfoot Road] as a monument to days gone by and a people devoted to their Lord.  For more details of Holy Trinity see the books - West of the Fourth and The Lloyd Minster.