Our History

the Reverend H.G. Fiennes-Clinton

The original St. Bartholomew’s church, on the unceded ancestral lands of the Skwxwu7mesh Nation, was established in 1892 by The Rev. H.G. Fiennes-Clinton. The building was fully restored and incorporated into the present-day structure as our ‘Bethlehem Chapel’ in 1991. The original belfry still calls congregants to worship each Sunday.

In 1935, the church of St. Aidan’s was established in Roberts Creek under the auspices of The Rt. Rev. A. U. De Pencier. When the two church families joined in worship at St. Bart’s in 1984, the building was decommissioned. It still stands on Roberts Creek Road. The Anglican Parish of St. Aidan & St. Bartholomew was created in 1984 with the merging of the congregations of St. Aidan’s church in Roberts Creek and St. Bartholomew’s in Gibsons. The parish is part of the Capilano-Sea to Sky Deanery situated in the Diocese of New Westminster.

Reverend A.U. De Pencier
Rev. A.U. De Pencier and sons
In 1991, the combined congregations built a new church around the original St. Bart’s. The enlarged building includes a bright, airy sanctuary with unparalleled acoustics; a church hall with raised stage and adjacent kitchen; and office space. These amenities as well as additional offices on the plaza level – currently home to St. Bart’s Food Bank, the Child Care Resource and Referral Centre, and community music teachers – are available for community rental.