Summerside church cel­e­brates mile­stone

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Summerside Chris­tian Church is cel­e­brat­ing its 160th an­niver­sary with a com­mu­nity event set for Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. The church was formed while the city was in its in­fancy in the 1850s. Mis­sion­ary ac­tiv­ity in other com­mu­ni­ties like Bed­eque, In­dian River and St. Eleanors were pop­u­lar, with home groups pop­ping up. Even­tu­ally church build­ings were erected and on Sept. 13, 1858, at the home of Ben­jamin Schur­man it was de­cided that a church would be built on Cen­tral Street. The char­ter mem­bers con­tin­ued to meet un­til the build­ing was com­pleted in 1862, mark­ing the first Protes­tant church in the town. In 1906, the build­ing was de­stroyed in a fire and a new church was built the fol­low­ing year on the same lot. In re­cent years, sev­eral ex­pan­sions have changed and en­larged the build­ing. Many min­is­ters and mis­sion work­ers have gone out from the con­gre­ga­tion to serve as col­lege pres­i­dents, min­is­ters, mis­sion­ar­ies and in other vo­ca­tions. Through the years the con­gre­ga­tion has con­tin­ued to sup­port causes and mis­sion­ary ef­forts both lo­cally and abroad. The pub­lic is in­vited to join the cel­e­bra­tions of 160 years of ser­vice in the com­mu­nity on Sun­day, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m.

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