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.
3rd after Pentecost
10:30 AM (Bilingual)
A bilingual service, with a baptism and WITH children's church (Sunday school)
Let's go camping! Venez faire du camping!
United Spirit Camp Esprit Uni is a one week sleepaway camp for children and youth and it is one of the ministries of Nakonha:ka Regional Council.
Our theme this summer is “Radical Welcome” and we cannot wait to meet you!
The dates are June 23 to June 29. Camp costs $375 for the week and there is funding available for “camperships.”
To register talk to Shanna Bernier or visit
Website: sites.google.com/view/campunitedspirit/home , or find us on FaceBook.
Come to The Piggery on Saturday, July 13th to see Bowser & Blue, who travel with guitars, banjo, harmonicas and a whole bunch of songs and jokes. They have chronicled life in Quebec and Canada for more than 40 years.
Tickets are $20 with $8 from each one benefiting the UCW; reserve with Janet McBurney at 819-578-3609 after 6 p.m. or at JanetJamMcb at gmail.com
Aujourd'hui Credo has published an overview of the May inaugural meeting of the Nakonha:ka region.
Here it is, en francais!
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. We have a children's corner in the sanctuary with craft supplies and helpful volunteers. Some Sundays there is also a 30-minute children's programme during worship-time for kids of all ages.
A reminder to please make sure your car does not cross the yellow lines outlining the bike path in the church parking lot.