“You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.”
– 1 Peter 2.9
God has called us, and chosen us, as His own people. The Gospel which we share challenges us to know the light and life of Jesus Christ in our lives and to make known His presence and His love in the world in which we live. This is our mission at All Saints, and God has equipped us, with gifts differing, as a body, to do just that. We are an Easter people in a Good Friday World.
We gather as a parish, as the people of All Saints’ have for generations, to worship, to give thanks to God for all that He is and all that He has done, and to share in fellowship with one another in His presence.
May our parish family be a means by which we get to know one another better and draw closer to each other as a parish family so that we may, with common purpose, fulfill our calling to be God’s people in our community and in the world.
God bless each one of you, and all whom you love.
The Venerable Dawn Henderson, Rector All Saints’ 2002-2019
To explore baptism please call the Church Office (705) 789-2216. Preparation for Baptism is available on a regular basis. The Sacrament of Baptism is offered at appropriate times of the Church Year. Weddings, Unction, Reconciliation – these and other sacraments, please call to discuss with the Rector.
- In 1871, a service was held in the small house of Charles Morley, just north of the future settlement of Huntsville by a missionary from England, to a congregation of seven people.
- In 1873, the Diocese of Algoma was formed and Huntsville became an out station with the services being held in a log building used jointly for the Anglican congregation and the Orange Lodge.
- In 1876, the first settler of Huntsville, William Cann gave a piece of land by the river to the parish and the shell of a church hall was erected
- In 1883, the Rev. Thomas Llwyd was appointed the first rector. He bought the present rectory. He was a man of great foresight. Another Hall was built with a driving shed for horses
- In 1886, land was bought for a cemetery
- In 1889, the Rev. Llwyd expressed the hope that a stone church could be built and plans were initiated
- In 1894, Huntsville’s “Great Town Fire”destroyed the wooden Hall shown above and spurred the parish to finish the stone church.
- In 1895 – June 5th, the first service was held in the new church. Architect, Robert Mitchell Ogilvie of Toronto. “All Saints Anglican Church (1894-95), a English Gothic work executed in local fieldstone.”
- In 1903, before his death the Rev. Llwyd persuaded the parish to build a stone Parish Hall
- In 1906, the Parish Hall became the centre of social life in Huntsville, with the first slide shows, travelling shows, a Toronto Opera company and ultimately movies.
- In 1925-26, the sanctuary and chancel was enlarged, and the church stable behind the rectory was torn down.
- In 1964 , under the guidance of Canon George Sutherland, the chapel was built and an addition to the organ loft , so the new pipe organ could be installed.
- In 1989, All Saints’ Church Parish Hall, erected 1905, was named Sutherland Hall on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his ordination in honour of the Rev. Canon George Sutherland and his wife Jean for their devoted service to the church, and to our parish family and the Huntsville Community for over a span of 35 years.
- In 1992, the parish, under the guidance of Archdeacon Eric Patterson, purchased the old Francis property adjacent to the church, to house the church office, church school and meeting space. This fine old house was designed and built in 1904 by William Proudfoot for parishioner Frederick Francis.
- In 2000, significant modifications to Sutherland Hall were made to make it wheelchair accessible including a new power-entry door, an elevator between the Upper and Lower and Entry levels plus new washrooms on the upper Level.