Canada: (video report linked below) St. James’ Anglican Church in Roseneath, Ontario was completely destroyed by what authorities are calling a suspicious fire on April 9, 2019. Alnwick/Haldimand Fire Chief Mark Diminie said, “Based on the fact that we have had two (fires) in the last month, this being the third one … I am going to call it suspicious. Just based on having a vacant building at 10:30 or 11 p.m. at night and the fact it is the third one in a month, we are going to treat it as suspicious until hopefully we can prove otherwise.” He also mentioned the church had a lot of sentimental value to the community.
Local firefighters battled two other recent fires in the area. On March 19, fire destroyed a historic house under renovations and on March 26, a blaze destroyed a commercial building which housed a real-estate office located a few doors down from the March 19 fire scene.
According to St. James’ website, the historic church building was erected in 1863 by pioneers. “Descendants of the original pioneer families still attend St. James as part of today’s congregation.” The church had a small congregation of 15 in regular attendance. The church also has an active outreach program. View this link to see the video interview with the pastor of St. James’ Church.
In Jesus precious name, let us pray for our brothers and sisters of St. James Church during what is surely a most difficult time for them. Almighty Father, may they feel Your abundant love enfolding them and bring peace to their hearts. Nothing can separate us from Your love. Amen