About

A brief history

St. Brice’s Church was founded in 1917, under the name of St. Simon, as a mission church of St. John’s Church in North Bay to meet the needs of members of the congregation who wished to attend services conducted in a higher church tradition. The new community thrived under the leadership of the first incumbent, the Rev. William Archer Hankison, and St. Simon’s became a separate parish in 1928.

 

In 1930 the original church building was sold. Construction of a new building started in 1932, financed with the help of a generous donation from the Rudd family in England. Until the new building was opened in 1933 services were held in the church hall. At this time the name was changed to St. Brice’s in accordance with the wishes of the Rudd family. This church is dedicated to St. Britius (St. Brice), in loving memory of William Ferris Rudd, Captain Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who fell, leading his men for King and Country, at Serre, in France, November 13th, 1916, at age 29. Also in loving memory of William Ferris Rudd’s father and mother. Twice each year the Rudd family is still remembered during the Sunday service.

 

Over the last thirty seven years the church complex has been enlarged and renovated. In 1976 a narthex was added to the front of the building. In 1987 a link was constructed between the narthex and the church hall. In 2001, the seating capacity in the main church was increased and the narthex and link to the hall were renovated. Recently, both the church and hall have undergone major renovations in order to comply with Fire Department Regulations. The church now has a narthex, offices, reading room, and a large church hall linked to the narthex.

 

St. Brice’s Church offers a traditional-style service at 9:00a.m. on Sunday mornings; a more modern form of worship is offered at the 11:00 a.m. service. one the first Sunday of each month we combine our service at 10 a.m. to all worship together. A less formal service of worship is held on Wednesday mornings. St. Brice’s is one of three Anglican churches in North Bay.

Our Membership

Rev. Dr. Peter Armstrong, Rector

Peter Armstrong was born in Ontario in 1963, and grew up in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.   Following an undergraduate degree from the University of King’s College in Halifax, N.S., in 1985, he worked in England before discerning a call to ordination. Peter graduated with an M.Div. from Wycliffe College, Toronto, before being ordained in September 1989. After assisting in an Anglican parish in Liverpool, N.S., he went on to serve in the rural parish of New Germany, N.S. [1990-1997], St. Matthias’, Halifax, N.S. [1997-2006], and in a team ministry in northern Nova Scotia [A.C.P.C., 2006-2015], before accepting a call to serve currently as rector of St. Brice’s, North Bay, beginning in March 2015. Peter earned a  Doctorate of Ministry on the topic of “team ministry” in May 2015, from the Toronto School of Theology.  Peter and his wife, Nancy, have two adult daughters.

 

Peter likes the characterization of his theology as “generous   orthodoxy.”  While self-identifying generally within the evangelical tradition of Anglican Christianity, he is firmly committed to ecumenism and working within the wider Church.   Hobbies include reading, canoeing, and  working on the family summer home in Nova Scotia.

Rev. Marie Loewen, Honorary Assistant

Marie has lived most of her adult life in North Bay. Born and raised in a Christian home in Southern Ontario, she moved to the north as a young bride and now considers herself a Northerner. She is a life-long follower of Jesus who previously enjoyed time as a stay at home Mom, a banker and an insurance industry professional. She values, deeply, her evangelical heritage while finding the rich Anglican tradition a home for her spirit. Her discernment for ordination was formed at St Brice’s and so “coming home” as she retires has been a blessing for both her and husband Robert. She is profoundly thankful for the privilege of having been able to serve the loving congregations of St. Mary Magdalene in Sturgeon Falls and Christ Church North Bay. She has a particular interest in Spiritual Direction and companioning. In the community she is involved with a number of activities, most notably Near North Palliative Care. She and Rob enjoy time with their three adult children and their families, traveling, gardening, reading just being with people.

Carrie Birtch, People’s Warden

Carrie has been a member of the St. Brice’s Family since the late 1990’s. She has had many roles in the Church over the years, her favorite being the youth work. She is very active in the Cursillo movement, which has been a large factor in her growing relationship with the Lord. Next to her relationship with God, Carrie’s son Charlie is her great joy in life.

Carrie grew up attending Camp Temiskaming and it continues to be an important part of her life.

Carrie works as an Outreach Worker for the Crisis Centre of North Bay, which she finds very rewarding.

Dennis King, Rector’s Warden

Dennis was born and raised in North Bay and has attended St. Brice’s Church for many years. His Grandfather laid the corner stone for the Church and served as a Warden. Dennis worked in several locations throughout Ontario and he returned to North Bay to manage his own business. Dennis has two children and three grandchildren and is enjoying his retirement.


Dennis declares: “Life is good”.

Debra Young, Deputy People’s Warden

Born in the 60’s, I am a proud mother and grandmother. I have been in North Bay since 2006 & share my life with my common-law spouse, Bradley Gordon. From Haileybury, ON, I attended St. Paul’s Church for many years. Most of my career is in the social services industry. I have volunteered for many organizations over the years. I am the sole proprietor of Footcare Extraordinaire (mobile foot care business.) Since 2006 at St. Brice’s I have worked with the Altar Guild, reading lessons and working in the office.

Rose Savage, Deputy People’s Warden

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Rose Savage first came to St. Brice’s by invitation of her mother-in-law on “Back to Church Sunday” in 2012. Then Rose got involved with the Anglican Church Women, the yard sale and the altar guild. She found these groups were very welcoming, and that made her feel part of the Church family. Rose is an active participant in the take-home meals program. Having served as the Deputy, Rose was elected People’s Warden in February 2017.

Lay Leadership

Several members of the parish take part in the services: Eucharistic (Communion) Assistants,

Lectors, Intercessors, Servers and layreaders. Training is provided from time to time.