Summerside church celebrates milestone
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.