WHO WE ARE

Saint George’s is a parish of the Classical Anglican tradition. We use the Book of Common Prayer (1962) at all services of public worship, and we understand the Prayer Book and the Bible to encourage a way of Christian living which seeks to ‘offer ourselves, our souls, and bodies as a reasonable, holy and living sacrifice.’ The life of the parish is formed by our endeavour to be shaped by Holy Scripture and be true to the spiritual integrity of the Christian Tradition.

Fr. NICHOLAS HATT
Rector

Father Nicholas Hatt was raised as an Anglican at Saint Stephen’s Church in Chester, Nova Scotia. He is a descendant of the original German Protestants who founded St George’s in the 1750s. Prior to his appointment at St George’s, he was Rector of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia which was founded by the first Rector of St George’s. He was also, for ten years, the Dean of Students at the University of King’s College in Halifax, where he is now an Honourary Fellow and continues to lecture occasionally on early Christianity and assist in the College Chapel. When not in the Parish, he can usually be found walking his family’s ancestral woodlands on the South Shore of the province.

Fr. Peter Harris
Honourary Assistant

Father Peter Harris was the son of an Anglican Priest and grew up in the Parishes of Petite Riviere, Musquodoboit Harbour and Bedford, before attending the University of King’s College and later Trinity College, Toronto and becoming a priest himself.  During his university years, he was organist and choir master at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Dartmouth and was for many years Director of the Anglican Youth Camp at Mason’s Point. His first parish was the Parish of Tangier on the Eastern Shore, where he served seven churches.  Following his time in Tangier, he became Rector of the Parish of St. Peter’s Cathedral in Charlottetown, where he served for 25 years. Over the years, he supervised many theological students who have gone on to be priests in this Diocese and elsewhere.  He retired in 2014 and is now very happy to serve as Honourary Assistant at St. George’s.

Garth MAcPhee
Director of Music

Garth is a native Nova Scotian and a graduate of Church Music at McGill University (M. Mus, 2006), where he studied organ with John Grew and Dr William Porter. The choir under his direction sings a rich repertoire of masses and motets, especially polyphonic music of the 16th and 17th centuries. Garth also leads a Junior Choir which sings at special services throughout the year.

Beyond his work at St George’s, he is the Resident Musician for the Anglican Formation Class at the Atlantic School of Theology and conducts Seton Conservatory Choir, at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.

OUR CHOIR

Saint George’s is faithfully served by a choir of experienced and passionate choristers. The choir’s repertoire is inspired by the English Cathedral tradition, from William Byrd to John Tavener.

The Parish also has a Junior Choir, which welcomes all children 6-12 years old who enjoy singing and making music.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Our parish believes in the real presence of Christ both on the altar and in the lives of the poor. We have been blessed with an extensive outreach effort in our neighbourhood (including a Soup Kitchen of more than twenty years and active community youth outreach through Saint George’s YouthNet).

DEAF MINISTRY

St.George’s provides the services of interpreters for Deaf and intervenors for Deaf/Blind parishioners each Sunday morning at the 10:30 am Choral Communion and at the regular Wednesday 10 am Holy Communion, as well as for major festivals of the Church Year. 

OUR BUILDING

Saint George's round geometry is the only one of its kind in Atlantic Canada, representing the Lutheran heritage of the congregation's German ancestors and the Parish's deep connection to the Renaissance and Neo-Classical traditions.

The Friends of Saint George’s Society supports the worship, work and mission of the Parish.

The Society accepts donations in support of the parish music program, parish educational programs, and various forms of ministry within the parish.

WHO IS SAINT GEORGE?

Saint George was a soldier and officer who lived in the late Third Century in the Roman province of Palestine. He refused to recant his beliefs when the Emperor Diocletian demanded that all members of the army pledge allegiance to him and the Imperial gods. Saint George responded by giving away all of his wealth, leaving home, and actively protesting the Emperor’s demands. As a result, he was tortured, thrown into prison, and martyred. In the 12th Century, a popular myth told of Saint George slaying a dragon. He opposed spiritual wickedness witnessed to the truth with faithfulness unto death.

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