Stanstead South United’s last Ser­vice

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The sun was shin­ing brightly as peo­ple came from near and far for Stanstead South United’s De-con­se­cra­tion Ser­vice, held on Easter Sun­day. The his­toric church, which was built in 1876 and un­der­went a restora­tion in 2009, is in the process of be­ing sold.

Ac­cord­ing to the East­ern Town­ships Re­source Cen­tre’s web­site, the church be­gan as the first Con­gre­ga­tion­al­ist Church in Lower Canada, later be­com­ing a United Church when the Con­gre­ga­tion­al­ists joined the Pres­by­te­ri­ans and the Methodists in 1925. The orig­i­nal Con­gre­ga­tional Church was or­ga­nized in 1816 and the parish­ioners built their first church in 1829. The present church re­placed that orig­i­nal build­ing.

A bit­ter­sweet mo­ment as peo­ple gath­ered on the steps of the his­toric Stanstead South United Church for its last ser­vice, on Easter Sun­day. Rev­erend Lise Kuzmin­ska can be seen with the col­or­ful scarf.

A touch­ing mo­ment dur­ing last Sun­day’s De-con­se­cra­tion ser­vice at Stanstead South United Church.

Rev­erend Lise Kuzmin­ska de­liv­ers the last ser­vice at Stanstead South United while Lise Flan­ders sings and plays the or­gan in the back­ground.

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