Almost ten years after Hurricane Ivan, the St. George’s Anglican Church in St. George is about to be rebuilt.
The Church which is a unique architectural, historic building and landmark in the Town of St. George was built in 1888. The Church in its glory is a gothic revival building. Its primary structure is of hand made clay bricks. The pillars are of Victorian blue stone combined with South Fremantle limestone footings, jarrah beams and Oregon pine ceilings. It houses the famous Town Clock, which can be seen from any point in the Town of St. George.
St. George’s Anglican Church is one of five churches making up the Parish of St. George. All of these churches were severely destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The Parochial Church Council which is the management Committee of the Church, took a decision at that time, to rebuild the smaller (daughter) churches first since the congregations of those churches were inconvenienced in having to travel to Church Street for weekly mass.
The Rebuilding of the Church will be launched on Sunday 24th August, 2014 and work is expected to start in earnest soon thereafter.
Accordingly to Church officials the original architecture and structure of the church will be maintained. The fact that the church is a historic and declared heritage building contributed to the delay in the rebuilding process. The Management of the Church was forced to hold dialogue with the wider community to garner their ideas as to its restoration.
The requisite materials to ensure that the structure is maintained and will withstand the test of times have already been sourced. Although the historical nature of the church will be maintained, provisions will be made to incorporate responsible building practices as well as technological advancements and alternative energy sources.
Unlike other churches, the Anglican Denomination does not have a central management structure. While the Queen remains the titular Head of the Church, the church is divided into several provinces each with its own independent management structure. The Anglican Communion in Grenada falls within the Providence of the West Indies, headed by His Lordship Archbishop John Holder and within the Diocese of the Windward Island headed by Bishop C. Leopold Friday.
The Rebuilding process is expected to be completed in eighteen months at an approximate cost of EC2.5m.
The launch is expected to be an evening of prayer and thanksgiving, culture and fellowship.