Sunday 20 September dawned clear in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and we had decided to go to the local church. St Mark’s Church. As the previous rector, Robert Wright, had retired the previous week, we were greeted by the Interim Rector, Archdeacon Bruce McPetrie.
Unfortunately, Rev McPetrie was the only person who spoke to us. Even when we were given a service booklet, there was no welcome from the stewards. So after the service, once I had taken some pictures of the church we left to walk through along Queen Street.
However, more about the church. The parish was established upon the arrival on Robert Addison in July 1792. Work started on the building, however it was not ready for use until 1809. However only a few years later during the war between the Americans and the British, the church was used as a hospital by both sides, and as a barracks by the Americans. Following the death of Major-General Isaac Brock, Robert Addison conducted his funeral service.
In the north transpet there is a hexagonal altar and this area has been designated as the Peace Chapel
The main organ has a console next to the choir stalls, with the pipes on the balcony at the west end. Unfortunately we felt that the organist overpowered the congregation with his selection of stops.
In 2014, a new Gabriel Kney Pipe Organ was installed. This was used during the service, mainly accompanying the choir during anthems.
There is a fine selection of stained glass windows, with the oldest one, dating from 1840, over the main altar at the east end.
Either side of the east window there are plaques with the Ten Commandments (to the right), Lords Prayer and Creed (both to the left).
Would we attend regularly, if we lived in Niagara-on-the-Lake. We do not know, however based on this initial experience it is unlikely.