OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE
St. Paul’s has been a focal point of civic life in downtown Hamilton for almost 200 years, and the members are passionate about the amazing community in which we are blessed to reside. We are motivated by our faith tradition which urges us to love and serve our neighbours. We have built and ardently cared for a landmark heritage building that has served as place of continuous community intersections for generations. We want to preserve the building and its role as a community asset for all Hamiltonians for the generations to come.
What We Offer
We are a strongly motivated congregation of a hundred volunteers committed to strengthening our city. In particular, we possess a beautiful historic building in the centre of Hamilton with more interior space than we currently use or require. The space can be repurposed for more extensive, secular utilization, either in the form of one-time rentals or as dedicated use. By boldly transforming St. Paul’s into a shared space the building can be preserved, not as a museum, but as a living and dynamic centre of urban life; a place that includes Sunday, faith-based worship but also art, music, social service and civic engagement.
What We Need
We are looking for leaders in the community who are dedicated to the downtown core, who share our values of service and the arts, who want to partner with us as stakeholders in St. Paul’s.
St. Paul’s has engaged in an exciting project with Partners for Sacred Places (Partners), a US-based, non-sectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to the active community use and preservation of historic houses of worship. St. Paul’s is teaming with Partners, in collaboration with Regeneration Works, a Canadian partnership between the National Trust for Canada and Faith in the Common Good, to work cooperatively with our downtown neighbours to reposition St. Paul’s building as a vital community asset.
With the help of Partners, St. Paul’s is consulting with our community to determine the best uses for the space. The outcome of these consultations will determine how best to repurpose our historical site. The limits to this adaptation is only what can be imagined.
In 1899, the Hamilton Saturday Times wrote of St. Paul’s:
That stately gothic stone edifice at the corner of Jackson and James street, with its tall, stone spire towering high over every other building in Hamilton, has gathered around it associations which will always make its history an interesting one to this and future generations.
With the support of our community we will continue to gather our neighbours around us to make interesting history.