Meath Park, Sask. -- The Meath Park Village Council had voted to demolish the old, and crumbling church on lands which the Country Gospel Fellowship had title to, according to Pauline Bear. She said the group had never been notified of the decision and only found out the morning of the planned demolition, March 20, 2018. Michael Hydamacka said the bylaw officer hired by the village assessed the building and sent a registered letter to the Country Gospel Fellowship following the decision to demolish the building. Photo credit Bryan Eneas.
Meath Park, Sask. -- Abrom Friesen, president of the Country Gospel Fellowship group and Pauline Bear both said they had done work to the church to prevent the building from completely collapsing, but the village council decided otherwise. Michael Hydamacka, Meath Park's Mayor, said part of the council's decision to demolish the church was because it was a safety hazard to students of the Meath Park School, directly across the street from the building. Photo credit Bryan Eneas.
Meath Park, Sask. -- In protest, Pauline Bear put herself between crews contracted by the village of Meath Park and the old church they were supposed to demolish. She had also parked her truck in front of the church in an attempt to block the excavator, initially causing quite a stir in Meath Park on March 20. Photo credit Bryan Eneas.
Meath Park, Sask. -- While Pauline Bear tried to prevent demolition crews from starting work, she did not deny the building needed to come down. She said she wanted to see it done in a respectful way so elements of the church could be salvaged. She suggested salvaging wood for local artists to use, or saving these window frames. Photo credit Bryan Eneas.
Meath Park, Sask. -- RCMP were called to the scene and appeared to negotiate a deal between Bear, Friesen and the construction crews. Bear and Friesen were able to salvage some construction supplies from the buildings basement, and the demolition of the crumbling church would go ahead as planned. Photo credit Bryan Eneas.
Meath Park, Sask. -- Crews started demolition of the old church just before 1 p.m. on March 20, 2018, roughly four hours after Pauline Bear had initially launched her protest. The old pews had previously been removed, and the buildings domes were supposed to be donated to the Catholic Church according to Bear. Photo credit Bryan Eneas.