Save the Stone Church Fundraiser
Saint James Anglican at Lower Jemseg is an architectural and historical treasure. Constructed in 1887, the fieldstone for it was collected by parishioners over the previous two-year period from the area around Dykeman Lake. Granite was donated by the quarry across the river at Hampstead. Caen stone left from the construction of Christ Church Cathedral in Fredericton was used to frame the windows and doors, and for the chancel arch. The design, copied from a church in Britain, accounts for the unusual small round window about four feet from the ground in front of the church. This “Leper’s Peep” design element from a time when lepers roamed the countryside in Britain was never used for this purpose here in central New Brunswick.
The interior is as attractive as the outside with marvelous memorial stained-glass windows given by local families. The adjacent cemetery includes resting places for Anglicans and other denominations. Many tourists visit each year.
Unfortunately, this beautiful landmark is in need of urgent repair. The unstable East wall puts in danger the stained-glass portrait of St. James. There are other repairs to be done, but reinforcement of the East wall foundation, rebuilding of the stone wall and repair and reinstallation of the St. James window, estimated to cost $130,000, are the most urgent.
We are requesting your support to save this landmark of our community. While we will be making applications to various funding agencies, it is anticipated that the majority of the funding will need to come from the community and those with historic attachment to the Church. A cheque or cash donation at this time would help us save this beautiful and historic place such that it may live on for another 50 to 100 years or more. All donations are tax-deductible and can be addressed to: The Anglican Parish of Cambridge and Waterborough
2266 Lower Cambridge Road, Cambridge-Narrows, NB E4C 1P1
Donations may be sent by e-Transfer to: email@example.com with a note on the Memo line to confirm the donation and the address for the tax receipt. Cheques should be made out to “The Anglican Parish of Cambridge and Waterborough” with the Memo line “St. James Restoration”. Tax receipts will be sent in early 2023 unless otherwise requested. Thank you in advance for your generous support.
The Anglican Parish of Cambridge and Waterborough