White­way church marks cen­ten­nial

Orig­i­nal place of wor­ship opened on Aug. 25, 1912

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The White­way United Church con­gre­ga­tion cel­e­brated its 100th an­niver­sary on Aug. 25 with a ban­quet at the White­way Me­mo­rial Cen­tre. Many past clergy and other con­gre­ga­tion of­fi­cials brought greet­ings and best wishes on what was de­scribed as an his­toric mile­stone.

The then-Methodist Church in White­way was opened on Aug. 25, 1912 by Rev. T. W Atkin­son.

The fol­low­ing are some firsts for the church:

• Sept. 29, 1912 — first baby bap­tized was Effie (Rowe) Jackson;

• Oct. 25, 1912 — first burial ser­vice was for Wm. Legge, a res­i­dent of Heart’s De­light;

• Dec. 7, 1915 — first mar­riage cer­e­mony in­volved Joseph Pot­tle of White­way and Har­ri­ett Worth­man of Green’s Har­bour.

The orig­i­nal church was re­placed and a new place of wor­ship — St. An­drew’s United Church — was ded­i­cated dur­ing a spe­cial ser­vice on Oct. 16, 1977 by Rev. Arthur El­liot. Dec­la­ra­tion of the ded­i­ca­tion was done by Rev. Fred Brad­bury. The ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony took place nearly a decade af­ter the sod turn­ing cer­e­mony was con­ducted by Rev. A. S. Butt.

The mort­gage for the new church was paid off in late 1981, and was marked by a mort­gage burn­ing cer­e­mony on Oct. 18 that was led by Rev. Eric Hil­lier and Fred Burgess.

Tracy Tem­ple, daugh­ter of Melvin and Elva Tem­ple, was the first child bap­tized in the new church. Sam Chislett of Is­ling­ton and Mar­ion Legge of White­way were the first cou­ple to ex­change wed­ding vows.

The first burial ser­vice was for Clay­ton Rowe.

Church lead­ers

In the cen­tury since the church was es­tab­lished in White­way, 31 dif­fer­ent min­is­ters have served the pas­toral charge, in­clud­ing two who served two terms. Two stu­dents were or­dained while serv­ing on the charge. The first fe­male min­is­ter ar­rived in 1992, and since then, six of the nine min­is­ters have been fe­male.

The fol­low­ing is a list of clergy,

dat­ing back to 1912:

• 1912-1965 — Rev. T. W. Atkin­son (1912-1915); Rev. R. S. Smith (19151920); Rev. Isaac French (1920-1924); Mr. Ge­orge Pat­ten (1924-1928); Rev. J. T. Clarke (1928-1931); Rev. Thomas Pitcher (1931-1937); Rev. Isaac French (1937-1939); Rev. A. N. Holmes (1939-1943); Rev. H. E. P. Short (1943-1945); Mr. Ge­orge Hux­ter (1945-1946); Rev. John Evans (1946-1948); Rev. R. J. Mor­gan (19481950); Rev. R. G. Gilling­ham (19501952); Rev. Thomas Moul­ton (19521955); Rev. K. L. Feltham (1955-1956); Mr. Henry Price (1956-1961); Mr. Fred Hick­man (1961-1965);

• 1965-present — Rev. F. John Adams (1965-1970); Rev. Ernest Parsons (1970-1971); Rev. Phillip Jarvis (1971-1976); Rev. Arthur El­liott (1976-1978); Rev. John Curry (19781981); Rev. Eric Hil­lier (1981-1982); Rev. Fred Hick­man (1982-1987); Rev. Joan Berge (1987-1992); Mr. Greg Davis (Rev.) (1992-1994); Ms. Wendy

Cron­heim (Rev.) (1994- 1996); Rev. Nancy Warder (19962002); Rev. W. M. Mercer (2002-2005); Rev. Harry Whithorne (2005-2006); Rev. Roberta Bun­gay (2006-2008); Mrs. Elsie Pot­tle (2008-2011); and Rev. Ter­rie Burry (2011-present).

About the United Church of Canada — protes­tant Chris­tian de­nom­i­na­tion and that is se­cond only to the Ro­man Catholic Church as the largest Chris­tian church in Canada. Was founded in 1925 as a merger of four protes­tant de­nom­i­na­tions: the Methodist Church of Canada, the Con­gre­ga­tional Union of On­tario and Que­bec, two-thirds of the con­gre­ga­tions of the Pres­by­te­rian Church in Canada, and the As­so­ci­a­tion of Lo­cal Union Churches. Ac­cord­ing to United Church statis­tics for 2008, there are about 525,000 mem­bers and 2.8 mil­lion ad­her­ents, and roughly 200,000 peo­ple at­tend ser­vices in 3,362 pas­toral charges on

a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

This photo of St. An­drew’s United Church was taken on Aug. 26 as the bell was be­ing rung an­nounc­ing the an­niver­sary ser­vice. Rev. Ter­rie Burry, the cur­rent min­is­ter for St. An­drew’s United Church, cut the

an­niver­sary cake.

The orig­i­nal church bell was do­nated by Rev. Atkin­son. This bell was in stor­age for about 40 years. When the orig­i­nal church was torn down the bell was stored. Ear­lier this sum­mer, a new bel­fry was built and the bell was brought back into ser­vice and rung for the first time in over 40 years on Sun­day, Aug. 26 for the 100th an­niver­sary

church ser­vice.

Pho­tos by Al­bert Legge/spe­cial to The Com­pass

Rev. Elsie Pot­tle was MC for the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion. Rev. Pot­tle served as min­is­ter at St. An­drews from 2008-2011.

The an­niver­sary cake.

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