The committee operating the replica of the original log church is hosting a Gaelic service this Sunday at 3 p.m., echoing early services when it was first built.
“We’re trying to relive the history now as what happened back then,” Colleen Parker said.
Services in the 1700s would be four hours long, led by Rev. Dr. James Drummond MacGregor, with two hours for Gaelic and two for English.
Sunday’s service with a minister from Cape Breton likely won’t be as long, with Gaelic expected to be translated into English paragraph by paragraph. Songs will also be in Gaelic, Parker said.
She noted the service has been held for at the building each year for about 10 years, though it didn’t happen last year and she said the committee hopes to pick it back up.
She said the building offers the opportunity to leave the current century behind, adding that it’s quiet and peaceful, without sounds of cars zipping by.
Parker believes many people in Pictou County haven’t been to the church, and she’d like to see it used more, calling it a “little gem in our own backyard.”
She notes it’s available for weddings, baptisms, gatherings and picnics, with any denomination welcome.
Parker said donations are welcome, but not necessary. She also noted they’re always looking for interested people – either to join the committee or to help with specific events.
They’re also holding a gospel concert on Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. with more details to be announced at a later date.