St. John’s United Church Shippagan

St. John's United Church Shippagan

St. John’s United Church Shippagan

St. John’s United Church, situated on J. D. Gauthier Boulevard in Shippagan, was constructed in 1903. The Miscou Mission Field encompasses the islands of Miscou and Shippagan in Gloucester County and includes churches such as Miscou Harbour (St. Mark’s) and Miscou Lighthouse (St. John’s). Until 2007, the field also included St. John’s United Church in Shippagan. These churches initially belonged to the Church of Scotland as Presbyterian establishments, but joined the United Church of Canada during the union of Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregational churches in 1925.

St. John's United Church Shippagan

Built in the Gothic Revival style, St. John’s United Church Shippagan adhered to the architectural preferences of Anglican Bishop John Medley (1804-1892). The church has experienced minimal alterations since 1950, making it an excellent representation of Anglican churches constructed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. An entrance was added in 1950.

The heritage value of St. John’s United Church extends to the ethnological significance of the adjacent cemetery. Certain tombstone epitaphs bear names that have shaped the history of Shippagan and neighboring communities. Gravestones from Jersey and Scotland in the cemetery indicate the presence of diverse ethnic groups in Shippagan.

St. John's United Church Shippagan

One particularly noteworthy gravestone belongs to Mr. Joshua Alexandre (1802-1859), the first French-speaking MLA in the provincial Legislature and a justice of the peace. A small community on Île Lamèque, Pointe Alexandre, is named after him.

St. John's United Church Shippagan

St. John’s United Church’s heritage value is further enhanced by its land appropriation, as it marks the area where the Anglican population settled. According to historical records, most lots in this part of town were owned by Anglican families.

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  1. Does this church have regular Sunday services? In French only or English too? I recently moved to Shippagan from Toronto and can see there are only two churches in this small community.

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