St. Paul’s slated for demolition

By Lois Ann Dort    

BOYLSTON – Reduced congregation numbers in rural churches across Nova Scotia have lead many denominations to make hard decisions regarding the future of those small churches. In 2013 the Anglican Diocese decided to deconsecrate St. Paul’s church in Boylston and put the building up for sale.

The church had long before that time ceased to be a site for regular services but had continued as the location for the annual non-denominational Christmas Carol, which was well attended by citizens from Boylston and surrounding areas.

Church Warden Harold Roberts told The Journal last week that plans for the building, first for a buyer who mould move the church off the property and second for the dismantling of the structure by a contractor, both fell through; the former due to the cost of moving the building and the latter due to health concerns of the contractor.

That left the a final option for the removal of the structure; demolition.

Parish Rector Dr. Susan Slater told The Journal in an interview on Tuesday, that the building would be demolished in the early fall, possibly in September. In the meantime, people wishing to purchase components of the interior of the church, such as pews, windows and wood -- whatever can be obtained without compromising the structure’s stability and safety -- can contact the parish.

The church bell will remain in the cemetery which will be maintained by the Anglican Diocese going forward.

While the demolition of the building is not an ideal end, the opportunity for citizens to obtain a piece or pieces of the building will ensure that the beautiful windows and woodwork will not be lost and will remain a tangible part of local history.

Those wishing to purchase items from St. Paul’s church can contact Dr. Slater at susanmarthaslater@gmail.com.