Gordon Church’s final service
The Gordon Presbyterian Church in St-Elmo will hold its final service this Summer.
Rev. Jim Ferrier, who pastors Presbyterian churches in Maxville and Moose Creek, says that the 153- year- old brick church in the northwest corner of Glengarry is no longer sustainable. For the past two decades, the church has only held two services each year – a communion service in February and an anniversary service in September. For the most part, the dwindling number of Gordon parishioners now make their way to Maxville in order to attend church. The church doesn’t even have a washroom. Rev. Ferrier adds that the congregation elected to disconnect the church’s power, figuring it didn’t make much sense to pay more than a thousand dollars every year to Hydro One for a church building that is barely used. The Gordon church will become the property of the Presbyterian Church of Canada’s trustee board as of July 24. Rev. Ferrier says that date is appropriate as it will give the congregation a chance to host a farewell service in the building July 23.
The trustee board will also assume ownership of the old log cabin Congregational church and the adjacent reception hall that are just across the street. Both buildings are on land that’s owned by the local Presbytery.
Rev. Ferrier says his church is talking with the Glengarry Pioneer Museum about taking ownership of the Congregational church, but nothing has developed from those discussions yet.
He says his congregation is sad to let the church go but it’s also pragmatic enough to see that keeping it is not sustainable.