Welcome to our Parish Website
I welcome you in the
name of Christ our Blessed Saviour to the website for our Parish Community, the Anglican Parish of Derby & Blackville.
We are a Parish of the Diocese of Fredericton (which covers the Province of New Brunswick), which was founded as a Diocese
separate from Nova Scotia with the arrival of our first Diocesan Bishop, John Medley, from England in 1845.
We are a Christian community or “Parish Family” served by a common priest (Rector, or Pastor) extending along
the banks of the beautiful South-West Miramichi River. We gather regularly for the worship of Our Saviour in our three churches:
St Agnes’ in Gray Rapids, Holy Trinity in Blackville and St Peter’s in Millerton.
As Anglican Christians
we look to the faith of the Primitive (Early) Church of the Apostles and succeeding ages as our very own Faith today. Our
Faith is the faith of Scriptures, the Creeds, the Early Church Fathers and the Ecumenical Councils of the earliest times in
Church history. The English Reformation in the 16th Century which brought us worship in the language of the people in our
esteemed Book of Common Prayer and other inherited treasures sought to return to our sources: Christ, the Apostles & the
We try to remain true to those sources in our worship of God and service to his children in the world today. Our worship is
in this tradition and centred on the service Jesus himself gave us: The Holy Eucharist, or Holy Communion (also known as the
Divine Liturgy, or The Mass). Even for those new to the faith, new to the Anglican Church, or unable to read can quickly become
familiar and at home with essentially the same Liturgy that has fed generations for over 450 years. Our lives, our worship
and our service to our neighbours come from these deep roots. We are rooted firmly in “The faith once delivered to the
saints” (Epistle of St Jude).
As Liturgical Christians we also follow a “Christian
Year” (Church Calendar), which celebrates great festivals like Christmas, Easter & Pentecost, as well as seasons
preparing for them & many other occasions of joy & reflection through the year.
We hope that you
will find the website, which is updated regularly by volunteer ministry, informative, useful and maybe even inspiring at times.
If you are interested in learning more, if you have a prayer request, or a matter of concern or curiosity to discuss, or you’d
like to join us for regular worship, studies or special events, please do get in touch us through any of our various ways
of contact. Please share your feedback & suggestions with us.
Again, a warm welcome in Our Merciful
Saviour Jesus Christ & do Enjoy our site!