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The church is active on Sunday morning for a mass that is held around 11 am for the local community. The mass is held in the local language - Hindi and people who come here neatly dressed up read the Bible in Hindi. Services are not available daily, as the Christian community here is a small one. The school that is close to the church was built at the same time as church.
Regarding the correct year of construction of this colonial church by the British, there has been a controversy that is not yet resolved. Some records point out the church was built in 1843 but other records reveal the year of construction was 872. 'Thanedar', is an important historical place of Shimla from where people come and visit this old church. Visitors have to drive through the Mustard Fields to reach the church. It was one Samuel Stokes who was responsible for planting of the first apple orchard in Thanedar, Shimla, in the year 1916.