Anglican Church of the Epiphany 1908-1961
Built in 1908, the Anglican Church of the Epiphany was the first church building to be
erected in Rimbey. A donation from an anonymous man provided the funds for a new church and also the unusual
design, for the money was given on the condition that the church was built out of native logs set vertically. This
is a rare method of construction, used only on two other churches in Alberta, but it is sturdy and the old church
has stood for nearly a century. Ben Rimbey, a carpenter who also acted as the foreman for its construction, donated
Land for the church. He was not an Anglican, but people of all faiths volunteered their time to get the church
built. At this time, a Methodist church was also under construction and might have been completed first, but it was
being built without the services of the best Methodist carpenter in the area: Ben Rimbey! The first service was
held on December 20, 1908.
The first minister in the Church of the epiphany was A.J. Patstone, a missionary who had
come to the area a year before. From his former school in England he obtained a bell for the new church, which
still tolls today. In addition to providing services in the new church, Reverend Patstone rode circuit, ministering
to the sick and giving religious services in towns with no minister. His rounds took him to Bentley, Rocky Mountain
House, Clearwater, Eckville, and Leslieville.
This building was the first historical building to be acquired by PasKaPoo Historical Park
in 1965. Directly above your head as you walk through the entry is the rope for the bell. A sharp tug still sets it
ringing. The ornate wooden stand that held water for baptism stands at
the back of the church, just to your right as you go through the inner doors. In 1928 the church received
painted glass windows form eastern Canada, purchased by Rev. G.
Fielder. There were originally four of these windows, only three have survived. Over the years the Park has
received donations of foot pedal organs which are on display at the
front of the church, on both sides. Before electric organs, these old keyboards were powered by air pushed
through the organ by pumping the foot pedals continuously while playing.
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