The Old Church was first constructed in 1913 as the St. James’ Anglican Church. For over sixty years the Church was a spiritual and community centre for the growing village of Smithers.
After the parish of St. James moved to its new home on Princess St. in 1975, the original church was left unused and suffered disrepair and neglect. In 2005, thanks to the dedication and vision of a dynamic group of volunteers, the building was resurrected as a community hall. Administered and maintained by the Bulkley Valley Museum, today the Old Church is a popular venue for dozens of weddings, lectures, parties, meetings, concerts, and performances each year.
The Old Church Garden was developed in 2006 as a public green space. The gardens rely on the work of enthusiastic volunteers for their upkeep. If you are interested in helping out, please contact the Museum at 250.847.5322 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Renting the Old Church
The current rental fee is $30 per hour (minimum 2 hours) + $25 cleaning fee. For full fee information, including day and evening block rates, as well as deposit information and pricing for additional amenities please click here to view a copy of the Old Church Rental Policy.
For availability please contact the Bulkley Valley Museum 250.847.5322 or by email at email@example.com.
Address: The Old Church is located at 3704 First Avenue (corner of Main and First).
June 2020 update: The Old Church remains available for rent for small gatherings. Northern Health recommends 5 square meters (53.8 sq. ft.) per person to maintain appropriate physical distancing. The Old Church’s main hall area (empty of all furniture) is 33′ (10m) x 23′ (7m) = 759 sq. ft. Based on that size, we recommend limiting any gatherings in the Old Church to 14 people, noting that the addition of tables or other furniture may decrease available space. The measurements of the Old Church do not include the stage area. As per the current health orders in effect in BC, no gatherings of more than 50 people are permitted. The Old Church Rental Policy (linked above) contains updated policies related to COVID-19.
Basic amenities: The Old Church can accommodate a maximum of 80 people, (~50 comfortably seated with chairs). All renters have use of the Northern Health approved kitchen, including dishes, fridge, stove, coffee makers, kettles, etc. Amenities available with every rental include use of the tables and chairs, the piano, two gender-neutral washrooms (one accessible), and a screen and projector system. Free wireless internet is generously donated by Four Dimensions Computer Centre Ltd.
Additional amenities available for rent: wine glasses (+$22), sound system including microphones (+$22), stage lighting system (+$22). The Old Church sound system includes an induction loop system (hearing loop or t-coil) to assist those with hearing impairments.
Take a look inside!
Click here to virtually see inside the Old Church using Google Street View. Thank you to Eric Becker for doing the capture for us!
***Please note that these images are provided to give a general overview of the Church interior, and that specific decor or amenities are subject to change without notice.