Gor­don Church’s fi­nal ser­vice

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

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.

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