Throughout the years, the churches in Kaslo have served as a place of community and solace. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, congregations have not been allowed to gather as usual, and both St. Andrew’s United and St. Mark’s Anglican have remained empty.

Except for a select few volunteers who took it upon themselves to ring the bells. Every evening at 7 p.m., when all is dark and quiet, the bells begin to toll. Mandy Bath at St. Mark’s and Shelley Stickel-Miles at St. Andrew’s share what it’s like being the only souls in the church — and the comfort they hope to bring to those who can hear them.

Before ringing the bell of St. Marks Anglican in Kaslo, Mandy Bath sings hymns to the empty church. Photo by Keili Bartlett.
St. Andrew’s United Church at night. Photo by Keili Bartlett.