Church cel­e­brates 100th an­niver­sary

First Nazarene church to be founded on P.E.I.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SECTION -

Elms­dale Church of the Nazarene is cel­e­brat­ing its 100th an­niver­sary in Prince Ed­ward Is­land and is mark­ing the oc­ca­sion with a week­end of events.

The church, which was orig­i­nally known as the Pen­te­costal Church of the Nazarene, was the first Nazarene church to be founded on Prince Ed­ward Is­land on July 23, 1917

The cel­e­bra­tions of its cen­ten­nial will be­gin with an open­ing ser­vice on Thurs­day, July 20 at 7 p.m. in the church build­ing. The re­main­der of the ser­vices over the week­end will be held in a large tent on the ad­ja­cent prop­erty.

A Fri­day evening ser­vice will be at 7 p.m. and Rev. Sheila McCrea MacCal­lum will also launch her bi­og­ra­phy, “My Jour­ney through God’s De­sign” on Fri­day evening. On Satur­day there will be an old-fash­ioned church pic­nic at 2 p.m. with games and a bar­beque and an evening ser­vice at 7 p.m. Sun­day’s events will in­clude a 10:30 a.m. ser­vice fol­lowed by a potluck lunch and clos­ing the cel­e­bra­tions with an evening song and wor­ship ser­vice at 6:30 p.m.

Rev. Stu­art Wil­liams, is the se­nior pas­tor of the Skyview Com­mu­nity Church of the Nazarene in Cal­gary. Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Stu­art im­mi­grated to Canada in 1998 fol­low­ing the death of his par­ents and two younger sib­lings. The cur­rent pas­tors are Rev. Mike and Rev. Betty Zita.

When it was first founded in 1917, Elms­dale Church of the Nazarene’s early meet­ings were held in the Elms­dale Hall and at homes of fam­ily and friends un­til mid-Novem­ber 1922 when the Sal­va­tion Army trans­ferred their hall in Elms­dale to the Church of the Nazarene. Un­til 1946, ser­vices were held in both Elms­dale and Al­ber­ton. In 1946, a new build­ing was con­structed in Elms­dale and re­mained in us­age un­til the cur­rent build­ing opened in 1995.

The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend and cel­e­brate its mile­stone cel­e­bra­tion events.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Elms­dale Church of the Nazarene is hold­ing a week­end of events to cel­e­brate its cen­ten­nial an­niver­sary. From left are 100th an­niver­sary com­mit­tee mem­bers Brack­ton Wall, Rev. Sheila McCrea MacCal­lum and com­mit­tee chair Janet Wick­sted.

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