St. Columba Anglican Church was established in Beaumont on Sept 18th 1983 after two families felt that Beaumont needed an Anglican church and got approval from then Bishop Rt. Rev. Kent Clark and the Synod Office. The first services were held in J.E. Lapointe School gymnasium and were presided over by the Venerable Vic Kerr. We met at J.E. Lapointe for many years until Ecole Secondaire Beaumont Composite High School was built and we moved our services to the Drama room in the High School. Having risers in this room meant we didn’t have to set up and take down chairs every week and that was a real treat for us!
In 1992 the opportunity arose to get a church building from the former St. John Anglican Church in Kitscoty, Alberta (a town located 225 km east of Edmonton). Through the efforts of a number of our congregation members, we had the church moved onto a new foundation in Beaumont that we had built. We were blessed that so many of the original contents from St. John came along with the building (pews, linens, communion containers, etc. ) Many of the original memorials and plaques still exist.
The Anglican Church Women’s group (ACW) held many fundraisers to raise the money necessary to put a kitchen in our new facility. We had an Annual Bike Swap, sold Baking and Crafts at the annual Beaumont Craft Fair and sold Cotton Candy at the annual Beaumont Town and Country Days, to name a few. The kitchen enabled us to put on socials and do some catering.
We held our first church service in the new building in December 1992, where we had to climb up homemade planks and pallets to gain entry. (We later learned that we weren’t allowed in, until stairs had been completed and a safety inspection done. We were just so anxious to get in! )
Over the many years we have welcomed new babies, and new members, said farewell to folks moving or departing from us far too soon. Our journey as a Church Family continues and we welcome you to join us!