New owner commences demolition of St. Barnabas
A week ago the congregation of St. Barnabas Church gathered to hold their final Thanksgiving Service and deconsecration ceremony, just weeks after it was announced that the building had been sold.
Yesterday, the property’s new owner commenced demolition of the structure which has been at the location for well over a century, and has been part of the historic legacy of the Bourda District in Georgetown.
The church was situated in proximity to two other significant landmarks, namely the Bourda Cemetery and the Bourda Market.
According to the National Trust of Guyana, the church was built in 1884 as a place of worship for the district of Bourda.
The Incorporated Trustee of the Anglican Church advertised the sale of the structure a few weeks back. It was noted that several factors were responsible for this development.
For one, vagrants had essentially taken over the compound of the church, which occupies three lots. One church member said that they (vagrants) use the compound to defecate, wash their clothes, and sleep.
This was partly responsible for the dwindling number of church members.
The National Trust of Guyana had not shown an active interest in the preservation of the building, and had in fact made it clear to the Anglican Diocese that it was in no way able to contribute financially to the upkeep of its church buildings.