A fundraiser at one historic church supports another historic place of worship on the opposite side of the river.
The second annual Bishop’s Tea takes place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday at St. Andrew’s on the Square, the oldest historic building in Kamloops, in support of St. George’s Anglican Church. St. George’s, 308 Royal Ave. in North Kamloops, has a history of its own.
“I think we’re coming up to the 90th anniversary,” said Dennis Foster, one of the organizers.
His wife, Caroline, recalls first attending St. George’s in 1958, when North Kamloops was a separate municipality and more village-like than the city across the river. The church was built in 1927.
“This has always been a smaller church, but we’re a friendly group of people, more like a country church in the city,” she said.
Rev. Isabel Healy-Morrow serves as pastor at St. George’s, which has a congregation of about 60 people.
"What we need, really, is more younger parishioners," Dennis noted, a familiar refrain among small churches nowadays.
Bishop of the Cariboo diocese, the Rt. Rev. Barbara Andrews, will be on hand as church volunteers hold a silent auction and a contest for the most interesting hat among participants.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the mission of the church.
“People are always coming to the church to get helped out because nobody else will help out,” Foster said. “It’s an ongoing little struggle.”
The church is named for the legendary Middle Ages saint who famously slew a dragon, a deed depicted on one of the stained-glass windows installed as part of renovations and upgrades a few years ago.