Today's Walking Down Memory Lane presentation tells a few facts in and around Church Union, June 10, 1925. Rev. Martyn Sadler sent relevant quotes from The History of the United Church of Canada: (a History, 2012, Donald Schweitzer, ed) notes from Freeman Clowery who had written them for Rev. Jane Aikman and Plymouth minutes found at the ETRC archives have been most useful.
What is striking, it seems to me, is that past history is indeed connected with the passage of time right up to today.
The conversation about union began towards the end of the 19th century. As early as 1889, the Anglicans convened a meeting in Toronto and were joined by the Methodists and the Presbyterians. The Congregationalists supported it, but did not attend. The Congregationalists brought themselves together in a union of their churches in Quebec and Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in 1906.
By the time "the Joint Union Committee had agreed on the text", it was 1908. It was at this point in 1910, that the Congregationalists decided to proceed with Union.
A serious letter was received by the Board on March 25, 1924 from the Congregational Union of Canada lamenting that only $30 had been received for the Church Union Fund from three members: Mr. Haight, Mr. Sangster and Mr. W. H. Abbot.
On April 4, 1924, Plymouth Church Deacons declined an invitation from St. Andrew's Church to attend a meeting to hear Rev. Brown speak against the principle of Church Union as Plymouth considered themselves a part of the United Church. It seems that 109 people from St. Andrew's felt the same and 90 years ago joined Plymouth United Church. An effort was made to welcome them and the male members voted some of the male newcomers into positions of responsibility.
On Nov. 28, 1924, a letter was received with news that Plymouth Congregational Church was incorporated (7 George V Chapter 119).
Rev. Dr. Ellery Read, the minister at Plymouth, 1905-1936, and pastor emeritus 1936-1946 played a leading role at the Joint Union Committee meetings held in Toronto and so did Rev. James Robertson's grandson, Rev. Charles W. Gordon.
Apparently our first minister, Rev. James Robertson's daughter Mary, attracted the attention of the young Presbyterian minister, Rev. Daniel Gordon, from Lingwick, Quebec. They married in 1851 and their son the Rev. Charles W. Gordon authored Western fiction under the pseudonym of Ralph Conner. You may know some of his books: Cameron of the Royal Mounties, The Sky Pilot, The Man from Glengarry. As a strong supporter of Church Union, The Rev. Gordon, now Moderator of The Presbyterian Church played a significant role in the work concluding with the creation of the United Church of Canada. He may have been acquainted with Rev. Ellery Read when they both attended church union meetings in Toronto.
We are honored today to have our former minister Rev. Jane Aikman and John Foster from Moncton, New Brunswick with us. As well, we are delighted to have two of Rev. James Robertson, 4X great granddaughters Mary Delorme from Greenfield Park, Quebec and her sister Anna McClure from Sutton, Quebec. They are related to Dr. Robert McClure who was in 1968 the United Church's first lay Moderator.
In 1926 at an annual meeting, the new by-laws were passed to bring now Plymouth United Church in conformity with that suggested by the United Church in their Basis of Union. It was introduced by F. S. Rugg and seconded by W. H. Abbot.
Another topic leading through the passage of time up to us here today is about Rev. Frank Day, our seventh minister, 1896-1905. He came back on a pulpit visit in 1920 when he was the director of the Forward Movement, a spiritual movement and was concerned about raising funds to supplement Congregational ministers' and retired ministers salaries and for the African missions, particularly Angola. Its first mission station, Bailundu, was established in 1881 and Selma Chipenda Dansokho tells me that her grandfather, Jesse Chipenda, attended this mission school for a time and continued his education at others. It is quite amazing to think that perhaps the Plymouth mission support lead to Selma's path here. Who knows what doors will open for us here at Plymouth-Trinity when we give a donation to the Mission and Service Fund.
with children's church
Come celebrate Advent with us, here at P-T on Saturday, November 30, from 9 a.m. to noon!
There will be crafts, music, storytelling and cookie-making. Light refreshments will be offered.
This is a family-friendly event, but children must be supervised. Please RSVP.... See you there!
Freewill offering to cover the materials.
In the run-up to the event, organizers would gladly accept donations of small jars, felt, Christmas tissue paper, pine cones, acorns, ribbons and bells.
What’s up for young people in the region?
A group of United Church of Canada folks and friends marched with youth worker Shanna in the Climate March on Friday, September 27th.
The United Church of Canada has published some Climate change ideas and tips : Fridays for Future is a youth-led movement.
Our region holds regular youth events! Check in with our youth worker, Shanna Bernier, for schedules....
Rendez-vous brings together youth (entering grade 9 and up to any age), young adults, and their leaders from across the country for a celebration of vibrant music, inspiring speakers, and dancing like there is no tomorrow. At this three-day event, you will
celebrate the bold faith of The United Church of Canada with hundreds of your new best friends
explore how brave space creates opportunities to learn, to share, and to celebrate new relationships
experience the brazen grace of a living community of hope and inclusion.
The next Rendez-Vous will be held from August 11 to 14, 2020 (next year!), at the University of Calgary.
Organizers are already recruiting for Home group leaders and workshop leaders. You’ll find more details here.
Plymouth-Trinity United Church
October 8, 2019
Dear parents, grandparents and friends of kids at P-T,
Last May, our Education and Outreach Team helped organise (almost) weekly Children’s church activities at Plymouth-Trinity. Our goal is to provide a safe, educational, worshipful space for kids to be kids and also to experience church. Georgia Barratt-Lamey has been engaged as Children’s church/Sunday school leader, to be accompanied by a parent or other adult volunteer.
Each week children’s church is offered, we will spend the majority of time downstairs engaging in music, stories, prayer, crafting, games and free play with the children, and usually provide a healthy snack. We will join the congregation upstairs during the celebration of Holy Communion which the children are encouraged, but not required, to participate in. The programme materials come largely from the curriculum The Whole People of God.
Children’s church is geared to children aged 3 and up and we will adapt as best we can to the ages in the group. We hope to be able to lead worship upstairs a few times during the year, as well as hold a few special events, like the Saturday Advent gathering (November 30th this year) and a spring Picnic!
For our programme to continue we need help: Georgia, plus coordinator Shanna, cannot do this alone. We need other adults (parents, grandparents…) to help with the supervision and ensure the safety of all participants. There is a sign-up sheet on the table at the back of the sanctuary. You will all be contacted personally and we would like each family to designate an adult helper every couple of months.
For little ones under 3, or on Sundays when Georgia is not available, Hazel Innes and Sarah Stratton Ashby are usually present at the colouring table in the sanctuary. We deeply appreciate their ongoing support and care for our children. They will hand out clipboards for the older children who can sit with their parents, grandparents or other family members.
Fall schedule for Children’s church:
October: each Sunday except October 13 (Thanksgiving)
November: 10th, 17th, 24th
December: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
For the children’s ministry:
Shanna Bernier, coordinator
Georgia Barratt-Lamey, part-time teacher
Samuel Vauvert Dansokho, pastor
The General Council Nominations Committee has launched a call for nominations for several vacancies.
People across the church are invited to express their interest, or nominate others who have the gifts to serve well in these leadership roles. The Nominations Committee welcomes hearing from anyone, and particularly encourages those from groups which have been traditionally marginalized in our church, including (but not limited to) youth and young adults, Indigenous and racialized members, those active in francophone ministry, and people who identify as disabled.
You can find United Church job and volunteer opportunities here. Check back regularly!
Join us at Plymouth-Trinity for a family-friendly worship experience. Many Sundays feature a carefully planned children's church program, intended for those 3 and up. We also have a children's corner in the sanctuary with craft supplies and helpful volunteers for younger children, and for all kids on the Sundays when there is no children's church. Check the calendar elsewhere on this website to find out the schedule!