CHURCH HISTORY 1998- PRESENT
In 1997: After a 40 year absence of a United Church in Wasaga Beach, a committee was formed in October, 1997 to start Wasaga Beach United Church. Public services were held in various buildings as well as parks. Toronto United Church Council purchased the current property which included a Christian school building and portables in 1998.
In 1998: The FIRST SERVICE was held in one of the portables Christmas, 1998 with Rev. Tom Lowry leading worship and from January to June 1999 Rev. Rudy Plug from St. John’s United Church in Elmvale led the worship services. Our official opening was Sunday, April 18, 1999. Our first Minister, Rev. Fred Snyder, joined us in July, 1999 and before leaving in June 2000, a Plan of Organization was drawn up, and a Constituting Service held, which allowed Wasaga Beach United Church to become a full member of the United Church of Canada instead of a Mission church.
In 2000: Pastor Keith Lockhart D.L.M. and his wife Margaret joined us in July 2000 and the now growing numbers of members and adherents tackled renovation of the school in earnest to create a “church where people can find their way to God…where everyone’s gifts will be received and shared”. The call and challenge now is to reach out further to invite those moving to the Beach to share the word of God, to prepare to expand our facilities and to prove that we are alive and well and ready to provide a facility for all ages and meet the needs of the community better. We are excited about the future and where God is leading Wasaga Beach United Church.
In 2014: We were fortunate enough to begin the building of our new enlarged church.
In 2015: We moved into our new building, and began projecting our worship services onto the big screen for the whole congregation to read and sing from. We have welcomed many new members since that time, and continue to welcome more. Our church is fully wheel chair accessible and has hearing assistant aids.
In 2016: We welcomed our new Choir Director, Bonnie Potvin who has really enhanced our worship services with beautiful music. We still have a very dedicated group of volunteers who work at the Wasaga Ministerial Food Bank every week helping to provide food to those in need. Our future in this community looks very promising and with God's help we will continue to move forward spreading His word!
In 2017: We started thinking about our next expansion as our congregation was continuing to grow and space was getting limited for the many functions & services we hold. Our goal is to be able to accommodate young families with children as up until now it has been mostly seniors moving into the area and retiring. We have also been doing a great deal of outreach to the community providing summer BBQ’s & concerts, monthly Open Mic Nights for those with musical talents and those wanting a relaxing night out, Euchre Club, sewing & knitting groups for fellowship, and many other activities. Some of the charities we have supported are Campbell House, the Town’s Youth Group and United Church Missions.
In 2018: We voted in the spring to expand with more parking facilities and a building addition that will provide more space for our continuing growing congregation. We expect the shovel to be in the ground in the Spring of 2019. We invite you to stop in and share in our Sunday Services that start at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. We are known to be a welcoming church and don’t be surprised if you see someone there that you already know.
In 2019: Things are moving in the direction of starting the new addition build.
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