by Deacon Sharon Dunlop
Last Fall David and Sharon Kent contacted St. James’ for the express purpose of being able to visit and photograph our church bell. Through a series of email conversations it was learned that the bell was donated in memory of David’s Great Uncle, Rybert Kent, a long time parishioner, who died in 1893. David is writing a book chronicling his family history – a photograph of the bell will form an important part of this history.
John Vines and I met with the Kents on Friday March 23rd to climb up the bell tower, a somewhat challenging feat and not for the faint of heart!
David and Sharon were quite enthusiastic about this adventure, taking numerous photographs and videos.
Following the climb up the tower, John took the Kents on a tour of St. James’ and the rectory, answering their many questions about the history of St. James’. We learned The Rev. John Kerr McMorine was the Rector at the time the church bell was donated. Also of note, Robert Kent, Rybert’s son, was Mayor of Kingston in 1901.
Following is the inscription engraved on the church bell –
“To The Glory of God
Erected by His Wife and family
In Loving Memory of
For Twenty Years a Parishioner
of St. James’ Church
Who Entered into Rest at Kingston, Ontario
April 3, 1893.”
The Wardens are looking for a volunteer to take on the position of “Bell Keeper”. This is an interesting ministry which involves gaining an understanding about what has to be done to maintain the bell and to keep it in good order.