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Bedford St James Anglican Church History

The first Anglican missionaries in the region were in Phillipsburg St Armand.

Baptisms in the area were carried out by travelling to Montreal in February. It was a two day journey each way. Whole families were bundled up with a horse and sleigh. An ice bridge was used to cross the St Lawrence in January or February. This certainly attests to the hardiness of the United Empire loyalists from New York State that were the pioneer families in the region.

In 1832 Bedford St James church was built with local resources and donations from England. It was built before the town of Bedford. It was also built before the local Roman Catholic and Methodist churches. The Rectory was built in 1843. At the time the population of Bedford area was about 400. The 25 x 40 structure  provided seating for about 100 people in a 2000 square foot hall.

Both the church and rectory were built with local massive cedar frames cut locally and cement made from local limestone. Both the Rectory and church building were made with three courses or layers of brick. The first minister was Richard Whitwell.

Our 2400 sq. ft parish hall was built in 1900. Electricity was installed in 1901 and our Casavant pipe organ was added in 1933.At the time of writing our church has existed for 183 years and is the oldest organization in Bedford Q.C.

Service Hours

1st 2nd & 4th Sunday Holy Communion
3rd Sunday Morning Prayer

Andy O'Donnell
450 248-3923


John 8:12 Then spake Jesus  again unto them, saying, I am the  light of the world: he that followeth me  shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John 11:38-44

Lazarus Raised from the Dead

 Matthew 27:53
The Resserection of Christ from the tomb.