About St. Paul’s

Our doors are wide open to peo­ple from all back­grounds who wish to join us on our faith jour­ney, as we fol­low Jesus Christ. Week by week for over 266 years, peo­ple from all walks of life have gath­ered in our build­ing, in joy­ful cel­e­bra­tion of the love of God: Father, Son and Holy Spir­it.

Please join us for any of our week­ly ser­vices of wor­ship: Sun­days 10 am Eucharist with Children’s Pro­gramme, Wednes­days 11 am Eucharist, Fri­days 9 am Morn­ing Prayer

St. Paul’s is the old­est build­ing in Hal­i­fax and the old­est exist­ing Protes­tant place of wor­ship in Cana­da. Found­ed by procla­ma­tion of King George II in 1749, the build­ing was erect­ed in the sum­mer of 1750. On Sep­tem­ber 2, 1750 the Rev­erend William Tut­ty held the first ser­vice inside what was, accord­ing to Mr. Tut­ty, “not com­plete­ly fit­ted up”. The archi­tec­tur­al plans were based on St. Peter’s Church, Vere Street, Lon­don which was designed in 1722 by James Gibbs, a pupil of Sir Christo­pher Wren. The resem­blance between the two church­es is remark­able despite the addi­tion of St. Paul’s vestibule and steeple, 1812, the side wings, 1868, and the chan­cel, 1872. The tim­bers of St. Paul’s were cut in Saco, Maine and shipped to Hal­i­fax. Most of the mate­ri­als includ­ing the bricks to line the walls were made local­ly. Over two and a half cen­turies lat­er, the orig­i­nal wood­en struc­ture remains as sound as the day it was built. Charles Inglis, first over­seas Bish­op of the Church of Eng­land, arrived in 1787 mak­ing St. Paul’s his cathe­dral. Until the con­struc­tion of a gar­ri­son chapel in 1844, St. Paul’s was also the first gar­ri­son church in Hal­i­fax. For more than 12,000 Sun­days wor­ship­pers have gath­ered here to cel­e­brate Christ’s death and res­ur­rec­tion, to read God’s word and to hear it preached from the pul­pit, to bring before Him the needs of the world and to offer Him hum­ble thanks for his good­ness.

St. Paul’s Church is a parish of the Dio­cese of N.S. & P.E.I. (Angli­can Church of Cana­da), a parish root­ed in the evan­gel­i­cal tra­di­tion.