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Grace United Methodist Church
Grace United Methodist Church

The Grace United Church was built in 1878. This photo was taken prior to the construction of the tower in 1909. (Unknown)

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Grace United Church
Grace United Church

After construction of the tower. (Unknown)

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Grace United Church
Grace United Church

A more modern photo of the United Church. (Unknown)

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Ministerial Directory

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1835                Hamilton Circuit

1835-1844      Walpole Mission

1844                York Mission

            1844-1846       Sylvester Hurlburt

            1847                Thomas Demorest

1848                Seneca Circuit

            1848                Thomas Cosford

            1849                John Baxter

1850                Glanford Circuit

            1850-1851       George Young

            1851-1852       William Haw

1852                Glanford & Seneca Circuit

            1852-1853       Simon Huntington

            1854-1855       Thomas Williams

            1856                George German

            1857-1858       James Hughes

1859                Glanford Circuit

            1858-1861       Jonathan E. Betts

            1862-1864       Thomas S. Keough

            1865-1866       Reuben E. Tupper

            1867-1868       Thomas D. Pearson

            1869-1870       John Wesley Savage

1871                Seneca Circuit

            1871-                John B. Armstrong

            1872-1873       John W. German

1874                Seneca Methodist Church

                         after union of Wesley and New Connexion Methodists.

            1874-1876       Robert William Willoughby

            1877-

1877                Caledonia Circuit

1878                New Caledonia Methodist Church, Caledonia

                     -1880       William Morton

            1880-1883       Thomas Stobbs

            1883-1885       Andrew Edwards

            1885-1888       Robert J. Elliott

            1888-1889       James H. McCartney

            1889-1892       Charles W. Cosens

            1892-1895       Thomas W. Jackson

            1895-1896       W.W. Sparling

            1896-1901       Henry G. Livingston

            1901-1905       Charles J. Dobson

            1905-1906       Charles Smith

            1906-1910       Alfred E. Smith

            1910-1913       William J. Brandon

            1913-1916       George Francis Morris

            1916-1920       John Milton Copeland

            1920-1924       Henry Brand

            1924-

1925                Congregational, Presbyterian and Methodist Congregations united to form

                         the United Church of Canada

                     -1927       William J. Fiddes

            1927-1933       John T. Heslop

            1933-1938       T. Harold Ackert

            1938-1945       James A. Gale

            1945-1949       Douglas Brydon

            1949-1952       John Arthur McKim

            1952-1953       A.J. Elson Interim Minister

            1953-1960       Edward W. Shaw

            1960-1965       William A. Gibb

            1965-1975       Douglas Muir

            1975-1980       S. Douglas Dunlop

            1980-1988       Donald Nicholson

            1988-1989       James Young Interim Minister

            1989-                Robert J. Nightingale

Parish Histories

Lillian Whitehead's History (1950)

Of the four branches of early Methodism, two were active in Caledonia – the Wesleyan Methodists and the New Connexionists. From 1838 to 1844 Seneca was part of the Walpole Mission (Wesleyan) which extended to Port Maitland and Nanticoke and included Walpole, Oneida, Seneca and Glanford. By 1842 there was already a thriving Wesleyan congregation at Seneca Village, including, among others, James Little, the storekeeper, John Jackson, engineer for the Grand River Navigation Company, Samuel Gray, Wm. Youell, John, Henry, Michael and Susan Norris, James and John Greenley, Jacob and William Thompson, John Lawrence, John Bell, Daniel Clark, Thomas Musson and Hannah and Peter Young.

The Wesleyans built a frame chapel in Seneca on King William Street east of Mr. Martineau’s present residence. The outside of the chapel was finished in 1844, but owing to lack of funds they were unable to build the inside gallery, the seats, altar and pulpit. Sylvester Hurlburt, stationed at York, was the minister.

In 1851 the ladies of the congregation held a large and very successful tea meeting to raise funds to complete the interior of the church the proceeds amounting to $100. After all expenses had been paid. Speakers included Jacob Turner, contractor for the Grand River Navigation Company, who was running for Parliament, Rev. Messrs. Wm. Creighton and George Washington, Mr. H.J. Moore, R. Fisher, Sam Gray and Rev. Wm. Haw.

Rev. Thomas Demorest, stationed in York, followed Sylvester Hurlburt as minister in 1847, but in 1848 the Seneca church was so flourishing that Demorest’s successor, Thomas Cosford was stationed at Seneca, as was John Baxter a year later. In 1850 the Walpole Circuit was divided in two, Nanticoke and Glanford, with Seneca part of the Glanford Circuit. Ministers included Geo. Young, Wm. Haw, Wm. Creighton, Isaac barber, Simon Huntingdon, Andrew A. Smith, Wm. Richardson, Thos. Williams, Jas. M. Clarke, James Hughes, George B. German, Isaac B. Tallman, Thos. Cobb, Jonathan E. Betts, Wm. H. Laird, Hugh McLean, Hall Christopherson, Thos. S. Keough, Geo. H. Cornish, Reuben E. Tupper, Thos. D. Pearson, Daniel Perrin, B.A., Richard Potter, John W. Savage, Thos. S. Howard, John W. German and others. The Parsonage was the house now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Ted Ratchford.

In 1874 the Wesleyan and New Connexionist Methodists in Canada united.

The New Connexionist was the other branch of Methodism active in Caledonia. In April 1845 Thos. Rump, a New Connexionist minister, reports preaching in Caledonia to about 200 people. In his letter he says that a tavern-keeper prepared a very large room and was very kind but he hopes the New Zion’s chapel will be opened before the conference. Miss Mary O’Neil, who attended Sunday School in this chapel, reports that it stood on the South side of the McKenzie Road on the corner of the road running past the late John Beattie’s old home. It was a brick building and a Mr. A. gave the ground for its erection and a burying ground in addition. Mr. Rump describes him as very liberal hearted and very anxious to see the church completed as he employed a man a month at his own expense to work at it. There was also a Parsonage.

In 1848 the New Connexionists maintained 20 Canadian mission stations, employing 41 missionaries who preached in about 350 places. Mt. Healey and Caledonia were in the Cayuga Circuit with Rev. F. Weaver, stationed in Cayuga as minister. He was followed by W. Peston. On the collection lists we find the names of Jacob Young, who led the singing, John Corner, Thos. Lawrence, Mrs. Wm. Wintemute, Geo. Walker, John Young, Isabella Nicholas, Mrs. C.F. Johnson and Mr. Avery.

After the union of New Connexionists and Wesleyans in 1874, it was decided to sell the New Connexionist chapel. A record of money received up to 1879 includes $225 for old church, Caledonia, and $90 for old church, Seneca. The united congregations now proceeded to build a new brick church on Caithness Street, which was formally opened on February 3rd, 1878. The Historical Atlas of Haldimand County, published in 1879, describes it as a handsome structure. The amount of money expended on the new church was as follows:-

Contract $3,500.00-Leach and Forrester.

Architect $90.00 

Furnace $143.00

Shed $225.00

Extras – Forrester $68.65

Extras – Leach $125.00

Furnishings $150.00

Land $500.00

Caledonia was still part of a Circuit, the minister preaching in Caledonia both morning and evening only once in four weeks. The membership was divided into classes under local leaders as follows:-

Seneca Class 1 - David Lindsay

Seneca Class 2 - John Alexander

Caledonia Class 3 -  Thos. Nicholas

Unity Class 4 -  John B. Hull

Unity Class 5 - William Old

Fisher’s Church 6 - Wm. Thompson

Seneca West Class 7 - John Thompson

York Class 8 -  Robert Davis

Zion Church Class 9 - John Senn

Indiana Class 10 - James Montgomery

The ministers were Wm. Willoughby in 1876, Wm. Morton 1877 to 1880, and Thos. Stobbs. The boy who pumped the organ was paid 10 cents a week.

For some years the house on Orkney Street now occupied by Miss Mary Thorburn, was used as a parsonage. On Dec 5, 1887, the Trustees of the various congregations in Seneca Circuit borrowed %500.00 to build the present parsonage. The trustees were – David Lindsay, Wm. H. Hull, David Young, Francis Iles, Matthew Richardson, Wm. John Burch, Wm. Rolston, Francis William Old, James H. Burrows.

In 1883 the Primitive Methodists and the Methodist Episcopal Church joined the Wesleyans and New Connexionists to form the Methodist Church of Canada, which continued until 1925 when a union of the Methodist, Congregational and Presbyterian Churches became the United Church of Canada.

 

Caledonia & District, A History (1967)

Of the four branches of early Methodism, the Primitive Methodists, the Methodist Episcopal, the Wesleyan Methodists and the New Connexionists, the latter two were active in Caledonia and surrounding districts. From 1838 to 1844 Seneca was part of the Walpole Mission (Wesleyan) which extended to Port Maitland and Nanticoke and included Walpole, Oneida, Seneca and Glanford. By 1842 there was already a thriving Wesleyan congregation at Seneca Village. They built a frame chapel on King William Street in 1844. Because of financial difficulties the interior was not completed until 1851 when the ladies of the congregation held a large and very successful tea meeting to raise the necessary funds. The parsonage was at 446 Hamilton St. East.

In 1850 the Walpole circuit divided in two, Nanticoke and Glanford with Seneca part of the Glanford circuit.

In about 1845 the New Connexionists built a brick chapel on the south side of McKenzie Road, on the corner of the road running past the old home of John Beattie. Mr. Healy and Caledonia were in the Cayuga circuit.

In 1874 the Wesleyan Methodists and New Connexionist Methodists in Canada united. In Caledonia and district, the United Congregations proceeded to build a new brick church on Caithness Street. It was built in 1877 and formally dedicated on February 3, 1878. The ministers at this time were Rev. Wm. Willoughby and Rev. Wm. Morton. For some years the house at 55 Orkney St. West was used as a parsonage. In 1887-88 the present parsonage was erected next to the church.

In 1883 the Primitive Methodists and the Methodist Episcopal Churches joined with the Wesleyan Methodists and the New Connexionist Methodists to form the Methodist Church of Canada, which continued until 1925 when union of Methodist, Congregational and Presbyterian Churches became the United Church of Canada. 

The original building erected in 1877 stood until 1905, when, in order to accommodate an expanding organization, additions were made at the front and rear. Again by the union of 1925 a larger and stronger congregation was created. In recent years with the rapidly growing community the facilities of the existing church showed a real need for expansion and improvement. As a result, a new addition was erected adjacent to the Eastern side. On March 20, 1955, it was dedicated to the glory of God. The seating capacity of the church, sanctuary had been increased by seventy and the main assembly of the Sunday School was increased fifty per cent. The new wing included, in addition to the enlarged Sanctuary and Sunday School Assembly, a furnace room, with two modern oil furnaces, three class rooms, a kindergarten room, church parlours, minister’s vestry, and modern kitchen. On October 23, 1960 a new Christian Education Wing was opened and dedicated.

 

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