St. John's Anglican Church has been an integral part of the Quesnel community since the arrival of missionaries from England in 1911. With financial and energetic support from the congregation of St. John the Divine, Kennington, London, England, a Church House was built near the corner of Carson and Kinchant street, adjacent to the current location of St. Andrew's United Church. In 1913, a 30' x 80' Church, attached to the Church House, was constructed, seating 175 Parishioners. A vibrant and committed congregation, with some financial support from England, afforded a full time Priest, allowing St. John's to offer services of Worship and Weddings, Baptisms and Burials, as well as nurturing community in this blossoming town situated between the Quesnel and Fraser Rivers. At this time a parishioner donate two lots on Kinchant Street for a Church School. The girl's boarding school operated until 1916, when funding from England ceased because of World War 1. The school subsequently used as an emergency hospital, then sold, moved to Front Street, becoming the Occidental Hotel, still standing in the same location as the Quesnel Hotel. Sadly, on July 22, 1925, the beautiful St. John the Divine Anglican Church burned to the ground. Some furnishings and the reredos were saved, and continue to grace our current church building which was constructed in 1926.
Since that time, the community of St. John's has maintained and improved our lovely church building, grounds, and hall. We have been and continue to be blessed with fine leadership, both Lay and Clergy, reaching out and contributing to the betterment of the wider Quesnel Community. St. John's is a welcoming and and active congregation, believing in carrying out God's mission in a spiritual, pragmatic and responsible manner - sharing God's Love by being an active part of and a support for this friendly and beautiful City of Quesnel.
St. John's has been foundational in our city's history, active and supportive in our community's present, and look forward to serving this special area we call home far into the future.
St. John's invites, and welcomes all who choose to be with us.... we are open to the spirit of change, mix traditional and contemporary prayer and music, and embrace Jesus' teaching that we are to Love God through Loving Neighbour, unconditionally, responsibly and prayerfully. Welcome to St. John the Divine Anglican Church, Quesnel, BC