Parish of Shuswap Lakes

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Parish of Shuswap Lakes

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The parish of Shuswap Lakes was formed in 1962 from a reorganization of the parishes of Chase and Sorrento. The parish has consisted of All Saints', Chase; St. Mary's, Sorrento; St. David's, Celista; and the Adams Lake congregation. In addition the Sorrento Centre has been included in its ministry. The parish ministry is currently shared with the United Church of Canada. The parish of Chase had its beginnings in 1907 when services were first held at Shuswap, and then in 1910 at Chase. The parish was initially called the parish of Grande Prairie, Ducks, Shuswap, et al, but by the 1910's was identified with Chase as the central place. Grande Prairie (now Westwold) and Ducks (now Monte Creek) were older congregations, established before 1900. The parish of Chase regularly included in its ministry: Adams Lake (beginning in 1953); Christ Church, Falkland (until 1957); St. Mark's, Holmwood (opened 1913); St. Peter's, Monte Creek; St. Margaret's, Monte Lake (formerly Lackenby, beginning in 1926); St. Matthew's, Pritchard (from ca. 1938 to ca. 1960); and St. Luke's, Westwold. The parish also included several other smaller points until about 1940. With the creation of the new parish of Shuswap Lakes in 1962, most of the outstations of Chase, namely Westwold, Holmwood, Monte Creek and Monte Lake, were grouped into a new mission, called the Westwold Mission. The parish of Sorrento was set apart in 1913 with St. Mary's Church, opened in 1911, as the centre of a parish which included Blind Bay, Celista, Eagle Bay, Magna Bay, Notch Hill and other points on Shuswap Lake. The parish of Sorrento was joined with Chase in 1955 before being formally reorganized as the parish of Shuswap Lakes in 1962.

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