History of St. Saviour's, Orono,
Compiled by Grace Haldenby
In 1975 the men built a washroom in the parish hall and renovated
the kitchen. At the Christmas pot luck supper held in the I.O.O.F.
Hall in December of that year, a group put on a mock wedding for
entertainment. It was repeated later for the Orono Horticultural
Society. That was reported in the newspaper as “talented
lunacy”. In the cast were R. Hugh Anderson; Doreen and Ray
Swan; Marion and Harold McKnight; Betty, Donald and Michael Tansley;
Peter and Bev. Chrisomalis; Charles and Gloria Gray. The next
year four of these couples plus others presented the story of
the nativity in four scenes in the church, with lunch served afterwards
in the parish hall. This same nucleus and others produced another
nonsense programme in 1977 and a nativity play in 1978.
In 1975 it was reported that vandalism was costing the church
$10 to $14 a month for broken windows. That same year the A.C.W.
catered to a small dinner party for the Past Noble Grands of the
Rebekah Lodge. A coffee hour each month was also started about
this time. Both these activities continued for the A.C.W. In 1975
Peter Chrisomalis received his layreader’s license from
Bishop Garnsworthy. The following year Donald Tansley also became
a licensed layreader.
The project for 1977 was aluminum siding for the Sunday School
room and people were well pleased with the result. By the end
of the seventies, an overpayment of Outreach was reported at vestry
meetings. The surplus was sent to the Bishop’s Action Appeal.
The wooden cross on the wall behind the altar was made by Don
Tansley and put into place in 1978.
In the summer of 1979, St. Saviour’s received a shock. Ray
and Doreen Swan moved to Ajax; Peter and Bev. Chrisomalis and
their two boys moved to Cobourg; and Don and Betty Tansley and
their family moved to Lindsay. In one summer St. Saviour’s
had lost a warden, two layreaders, the lay member of Synod, the
head server, the adult staff of the Sunday School and the A.C.W.
President. But the congregation rallied around and people were
found to fill most of the positions. Charles Gray took on the
warden’s job. Mothers of Sunday School children were asked
to teach a class for a month at a time. That season there were
fourteen teachers with Betty Ann Wood acting as coordinator. Roger
Proctor stepped up to be head server. Gloria Gray became president
of the A.C.W. and also started a junior choir that fall. Peggy
Sawyer was elected lay member of Synod at the next vestry meeting.
In 1978 the Sunday School attendance was 23; the average Sunday
attendance at services was 28. By 1980 the average church attendance
was 35. The financial statements for the vestry meeting of 1981
were prepared by the treasurer Sandra Anderson. Before this time
the wardens had done it.