Historical Timeline

1924
MAY
                        Ladies’ Guild formed
AUGUST 31           First service held in completed building Rector celebrated,  Bishop Roper preached.
SEPTEMBER 14    First Sunday School. Sixty-six children present.
OCTOBER 12        First Eucharist Harvest Festival. Sixty-six communicants.

1925
APRIL 18               First Confirmation – ten candidates
MAY 31                  First Boy Scout Church parade recorded.

1926
December 2 – St. Martin’s church, Woodroffe and St. Stephen’s Church, Britannia became a separate parish.

1927
May 1 – First Incumbent, Rev. W. B. Morgan, B.A., B.D., appointed.
October 27 – First Woman’s Auxiliary organized.

1929
August 2 – Mortgage and loan paid off.

1950
June – Rev. W.B. Morgan resigned.
September and October – Col. The Rev. C.G.F. Stone, Principal Army Chaplain in charge
October 15 – Rev. Kenneth R. Cowan, 2nd Incumbent of Parish of Britannia, Woodroffe began his ministry.
November 29- Rev. Cowan Inducted.

1951
January – Became self-supporting Parish

1953
February – Building Fund Appeal for $75.00 oversubscribed.

1954
May- New property purchased in Westwood, old Honeywell Farm.
June 4 – First sod turned for new St. Martin’s by Bishop-elect Ernest S. Reed
1954-55 – Capt. Harry Brown (Church Army) assisted the Rector.
December 21 – Excavation for new church really accomplished.

1955
May 29 – Foundation Stone laid by Bishop Reed.
December 18 – First service held in new church.

1956
January 11 – Dedication of new church and countless memorials and gifts by Bishop Reed.

1957
June – New Rectory erected on new property.

1960
-Bell from St. Georges Church, Gallingertown (Seaway) placed in Bell Tower

1962
-Ken Cowan leaves for Winnipeg
-David Thomson – 3rd rector

1964
-Education Wing Completed

1970
-David Thomson leaves for All Saints Sandy Hill
-Bill Gilbert priest in charge for balance of year

1971
-Walter “Chip” Molson arrives – 4th rector

1973
-“Chip” Molson leaves
-Don Chapman – 5th rector

1979
November- Burning of the Mortgage
-Consecration of St. Martin’s (debt free) – Bishop Wm Robinson

1984
-New Organ installed

1989
-Elevator Installed

1991
-Don Chapman retires
-Rob Heard – 6th Rector
-Rand in church installed
-Series of Bible Studies begin (1992, ‘93, ‘94)

1992
-Youth Co-ordinator begins duties
-Don Chapman dies

1993
-First LOGOS course at St. Martin’s -“Will Our Children Have Faith?”

1994
-Don Chapman Memorial Cross installed
-Bell Tower repaired (major)
-Bookshelves installed in Fellowship Hall
-Second LOGOS at St. Martin’s – Anglican Thought & Worship
October 15 & 16th-70th Anniversary celebrations – Social and dance Saturday evening. Anniversary service and procession followed by lunch and birthday cake, Sunday.
-Stage curtains installed – Gift from Parishioners
-Gift to St. Thomas (Loss by theft) – gift from Parishioners
-Celebrate the 39th Anniversary of first service held in present St. Martin’s December 18, 1955

1995
-Anniversary of dedication of St. Martin’s January 11, 1956 and many memorial gifts and thankofferings.
January-February -Third LOGOS course at St. Martin’s – this is an inter parish program. “Conversation on the Journey” a study of Christian Spirituality – 2 parts

2000
Fundraising begins for new church organ.

2003
MARCH 17   New Rogers Trillium 957 organ installed on March

2004
OCTOBER 17 80th Anniversary celebrations held – Choral Evensong, drama presentation and supper held.

2009
JULY 31  The Rev’d Robert Heard retires
SEPTEMBER 15  The Rev’d Richard Vroom becomes 7th Rector

2015
MAY 17th
– The Rev’d John Organ becomes 8th Rector

2018
OCTOBER 1  
The Rev’d Dr Mary-Catherine Garden becomes 9th Rector and first female Incumbent.