East Plains United Church
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CHURCH NEWS

Sunday Bulletin for October 14, 2018
21st Sunday after Pentecost.  Rev. Barbara Fullerton preaching: "Impossible Possibilities." PDF

Our 45th Arts and Craft sale flyer.
 Our 45th Arts and Craft sale takes place Saturday Nov. 3 9:00am-3:00pm. All are welcome PDF

What Ya Gonna Do?
 Names of Contacts for our 45th Arts and Craft Sale, Nov. 3, 2018 PDF

Two Events on Climate Change, Oct. 13 & 20
 Both events start at 7:00pm at East Plains UC. All are invited. PDF

Come-and-Go Tea at Hamilton Conference Nov.16
 Come-and-Go Tea celebrating Hamilton Conference 1:00-3:00pm November 16. PDF

Letter from Peter Hartmans, October 28,2018.
 Peter Hartmans, Conference Executive Secretary. PDF

Vista Orders.
 Due dates for orders are:  November 11 & 25, December 9, 2018. PDF

Letter from Joseph in Uganda
 Joseph is a young student in primary four at the Tekera Mission in Uganda. East Plains is proud to continue our support for this mission. PDF

Hamilton Conference.
 Click the link for the latest news from Hamilton Conference. Hamilton Conference website.

East Plains Co-op PRESCHOOL.
 for Toddler and Preschoolers. Programs for children ages 18 months-5yrs. Call 905 681-0233 or go on the internet to: eastplainspreschool.com

A complete list of activities is available on the Calendar page.

OUR HISTORY

Our history dates back to 1843, where, "class meetings" were held in an old building without a minister. The people met together for the inspiration of study and to express their own religious feelings. Until approximately 1858, these Methodist classes would have been visited every two or three months by a "saddle-bag preacher"

By 1892, the older frame church had been removed and the corner stones of a new church were laid amid great rejoicing, and the church was dedicated to the worship of Almighty God. Tragedy would strike 15 years later, when the beautiful brick building was burnt to the ground in 1907

With great energy and enterprise the East Plains congregation raised the new and better structure out of the ashes of the former", as quoted in the Christian Guardian of December 18,1907. "Long before the opening day almost enough had been subscribed to cover the entire cost of building. The balance was easily made up on the opening Sunday without urgent appeal."

After ending an association with the Appleby community in 1922 (another rural community east of Aldershot), East Plains would eventually evolve from a church with a primarily rural congregation in a quiet farming community to a city church. Following the Second World War, the community attracted a lot of young families, and attendance at East Plains United Church rose dramatically. A new facility, built around the former sanctuary, was erected and opened with a service on May 27, 1956. Thanks to a successful building campaign, the $140,000 cost was covered by 1960 !

Shortly thereafter in 1963, Peart Hall, a 2-storey Christian Education wing, was built and commemorated to Ross & Bartol Peart. This structure houses our current Sunday school, and includes a full-service kitchen, gym/theatre, meeting rooms and a Church Parlour