Union Presbyterian Church – Our Story
THIS YEAR, Sunday May 26, 2019, Union Presbyterian Church will be celebrating 186 years of service to our Lord Jesus Christ
and to our local community. There will be a special guest minister with us that day to bless and inspire us! Come and be blessed, 10:30 am Sunday, May 27th!
In 1833, pioneering farmers between Salmonville (now Terra Cotta) and Williamsburgh (now Glen Williams) gathered to praise and celebrate the forming of the Presbyterian Church in their community. The first church structure was built to house the growing congregation in 1835 — 40 years before the forming of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. The current magnificent stone Union Church has stood on the road between Glen Williams and Terra Cotta since 1884.
In 1926 Union together with Norval welcomed the Rev. Ewen Macdonald as their minister. Ewen’s wife was the famous Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. The couple lived in the manse (minister’s house) beside the church building in Norval until Ewen’s retirement in 1935. Union member Nora Winterflood (nee Lyons) part of the Union Congregation since 1928 and former organist, recalls spending time at the church with Rev. MacDonald’s two sons. Her fondest memories also include previous anniversary services. “The congregation would gather lilacs and ferns from the adjacent properties— now part of Sheridan Nurseries— the pulpit would be a mass of fragrant flowers. There would be two services to ensure everyone was able to attend, and a guest soloist, often from the Toronto Conservatory would bring the music to life,” she says. Nora particularly remembers soloist “The Golden Voice of the Air,” Wishart Campbell and is happy that the Union will again this year be filled with music for this anniversary.
Most people first meet our congregation through our community fundraising. Last year in June we had our 31st annual Pie and Shrub Sale featuring plants kindly donated by Sheridan Nurseries, and a Pork Barbecue the last Saturday in September. In many past summers you have met us at the Union Church Corn Booth on the corner of Mayfield and Winston Churchill. The money raised supports many local mission, outreach and development efforts. Each year we raise several thousand dollars that we give to local charities, such as the Georgetown Bread Basket, Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills, Bethel House and the Salvation Army. This is in addition to our contribution to our support of the denomination’s work through Presbyterian World Service & Development and Presbyterian Sharing.
Today our small but welcoming congregation has a Sunday 10:30 a.m. Service of Worship and preaching of the Word of God, with a Sunday School for the children, a weekly Thursday evening bible study at 7:30, a Women’s Missionary Society, and, on special Sundays our choir brings us "music of the season". Members of the congregation are always happy to be on hand to share stories and to answer questions about the church. If you have always wanted to visit, now would be the perfect time!
We are located at 16789, 22 Sideroad, Georgetown, between Terra Cotta and Glen Williams. To find us on GPS the destination address is different. Why? Ask Google, cause we can't figure it out! Set your GPS to 16789 Main St Halton Hills ON and you'll find us.
For those who have difficulty with stairs we have a Stair Lift that provides easy access to the sanctuary. Enter through the rear door from the parking lot.