Next to the church is a dormant cemetery/park known as the "Old Mens Provincial Cemetery". Few headstones are visible but the remains of 1,084 pioneers can be found here. When the present St. Andrew's church building was erected 20 graves were disinterred and moved within the present-day chain-link fence.
The Sagebrush Neighborhood Association (SNA) has partnered with the city if rehabilitating this space. In a multi-year project, the field will be turned into an arboretum with trees representing the provinces and territories from which these pioneers came. For its part, the SNA has plans to install fine wrought iron gates with a gold miner motif.
Over the years St. Andrew's has taken advantage of this space for various Sunday School and youth activities. The YMCA after-school care that we host uses it regularly in their programming.
The Session of St. Andrew's considers this a worthy church project and invites you to consider supporting this project of neighborhood beautification. The neighbourhood association is committed to raising $8000 for the gates.
If you wish to contribute please send a check or e-transfer to the church ([email protected]) and note 'cemetery gates' on the envelope or email to our treasurer. The money will be forwarded to the association and you will receive a tax-deductible receipt.