CENTENARY METHODIST CHURCH
POINT ST. CHARLES
1913 postcard from the collection of Patty Brown

Centenary United Church was founded as a  Methodist mission in  Point St. Charles by the Ottawa Street Methodist Church in 1864. It was located on the south side of Wellington Street west of the Grand Trunk Railway. The first service was held April 23, 1865. The building was 60' by 40', of brick with Ohio sandstone facings. The spire held a bell donated by the superintendant of the Grand Trunk Railway Works. The church originally seated 300 but a gallery was added a few years later to accomodate another 150 people. It became an independent circuit in 1872. A larger church which could seat 950 was built at the southwest corner of Wellington and Charron Streets in 1891. The auditorium was ampitheatre style. The architect was S.R. Badgley of Cleveland. The organ, bell and Memorial Tablets were brought from the old church. The official opening was on January 3,1892 and the church was named in honour of the Centenary of the foundation of Methodism in Canada. 

In 1893 construction on Hope Chapel at the corner of  Ryde and Charlevoix began, to accomodate the growing congregation. A mission in Queen's Park was begun in 1898. It was supplied by Centenary until 1903 when a frame building was erected. This church eventually became Verdun United Church.  In 1912 a parsonage was built at 301(or 585?) Fortune Street south of Wellington. A new organ was installed in Centenary Church in 1922. In 1925 the church became Centenary United Church. In 1947, after being used as a mission for ten years, Hope Chapel was sold to Dr. H.M.Candlish

On March 23, 1949 Centenary United was completely demolished by fire. While the rebuilding of the church was planned and executed the congregation worshipped at McVicar Hall. In January 1951 a much smaller version of the church reopened. During the ministry of Reverend William T. Mercer (also Superintendant of  St. Columba House), the congregation of St. Columba House joined Centenary and St. Columba House became once again an evangelical social settlement. In 1953 the manse at 585 Fortune Street was sold. The building was sold......

Source: United Church Archives - Beverly Levine


MINISTERS & NUMBER OF MEMBERS 1881-1925


YEAR
MINISTER
MEMBERS
 
YEAR
MINISTER
MEMBERS
1881
Daniel V. LUCAS
170
 
1904
John E. MAVETY
600
1882
"
150
 
1905
"
600
1883
"
154
 
1906
"
610
1884
Alex CAMPBELL
158
 
1907
"
550
1885
Jabez B. SAUNDERS
190
 
1908
William TIMBERLAKE
600
1886
"
116
 
1909
"
583
1887
"
136
 
1910
"
611
1888
John SCANLON
146
 
1911
"
612
1889
"
176
 
1912
John D. ELLIS
632
1890
"
210
 
1913
"
642
1891
J. Tallman PITCHER
230
 
1914
"
562
1892
"
323
 
1915
"
565
1893
"
363
 
1916
Burton B. BROWN
559
1894
D. C. SANDERSON
464
 
1917
"
612
1895
"
470
 
1918
"
646
1896
"
486
 
1919
"
660
1897
Melvin TAYLOR
486
 
1920
Thomas P. PERRY
639
1898
"
387
 
1921
"
631
1899
"
398
 
1922
"
615
1900
"
406
 
1923
"
620
1901
James ELLIOTT
485
 
1924
William J. JOHNSTON
460
1902
David WINTER
498
 
1925
"
501
1903
"
584
       

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