A British Columbia Genealogical society member, Janet White, is in the news this week - the Record newspaper from British Columbia's Royal City, New Westminster.
On April 3, this year, she took the part of Caroline Kennedy, the only woman present at the original service, in a re-enactment of the first Christian religious service in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. Actor David Adams played the part of Janet's great-great-grandfather, the Reverend Edward White.
Many members of the Vancouver Branch of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada witnessed the re-enactment; most were dressed in costume which certainly added more of a historical air to the event.
This was just a part of the anniversary celebrations for Queens Avenue United Church, New Westminster which continue this weekend with these events:
Open House - Saturday afternoon, April 18, featuring Will Wilding, the architect of the newest Queens Avenue United Church, Janet White, descendant of the church's first Minister, Reverend Edward White, and the well known local historian, Archie Miller.
Sunday Worship - Sunday, April 19 at 10:30 am. The Choir will include past and current members of Queens.
Organ Concert - Sunday, April 19 at 7:00 pm featuring current and past organists of Queens Avenue United Church.
For details, please see the church website.
"Reliving a piece of history: Crowd gathers for re-enactment of the city's first worship service" by Theresa McManus, The Record (New Westminster, BC). Originally published, Saturday, April 11, 2009: http://www2.canada.com/newwestrecord/news/community/story.html?id=7acb5a9b-1342-4f05-b931-49224ffaf0a9