St Barnabas Church, which has been part of the historic legacy of the Bourda District in Georgetown for over a century, is being sold.
According to the National Trust of Guyana, the church was built in 1884 as a place of worship for the district of Bourda. As time went by, some changes were made, including the addition of a steeple and a Chapel of Corpus Christi in 1926, the Trust states on its website.
But now, the Incorporated Trustee of the Anglican Church has advertised the sale of the structure. Several factors are responsible for this development.
For one, vagrants have taken over the compound of the church, which occupies three lots. One church member told Kaieteur News that persons now refuse to weed the yard, because feces is all over the compound.
She said vagrants, known as “junkies” use the compound to defecate, wash their clothes, and sleep.
This has been partly responsible for the dwindling number of church members. A source within the Anglican Diocese said that the church could possibly now have as little as 25 members. One of the members said that during some church sessions, just about 10 persons attend.
The source said that the condition of the church, owing to the junkies, makes the area now unfit and unwelcoming for worship. And that, together with the dwindling congregation, does not make it plausible to engage in any rehabilitation or restoration.
The source indicated that the church has taken a decision to no longer hold services at the building, whether or not the building is sold, and the congregation members have decided to attend other Anglican churches.
The source said that the church believes whatever resources it has would be better spent investing in a church that has a more vibrant membership.
The National Trust of Guyana has not shown an active interest in the preservation of the building, and has in fact made it clear to the Anglican Diocese that it is in no way able to contribute financially to the upkeep of its church buildings.
The country’s most famous Anglican Church – St George’s Cathedral – has also not benefited from any contribution from the National Trust.
The last modest contribution was made years ago. This is despite the fact that the government continues to promote the legacy of St George’s as one of the tallest wooden buildings in the world.
And as a result, the source has indicated that whatever funds the Anglican Church has would be better spent on other church buildings, such as St George’s, instead of St Barnabas.
The St Barnabas church is situated next to two other significant landmarks in the Bourda District, namely the Bourda Cemetery and the Bourda Market.
The Bourda Cemetery was the first cemetery in Georgetown and was privately owned by Joseph Bourda, as part of Plantation Vlissengen.
Many of the tombs date back to the early 19th century and many of the prominent people of the colonial era such as John Patoir, William Booker and the Bagots are buried there.
Bourda Market, the National Trust says, was originally built in 1880 but was soon reconstructed in 1902 to accommodate a growing number of vendors and consumers of this ward of the city.
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