East Plains United Church
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CHURCH NEWS

East Plains VBS 2017
 To register for our VBS 2017 click the link. East Plains VBS 2017

STEM
 East Plains will be hosting STEM students during the months of July and August. For more info on STEM click here. STEM

Sunday bulletin for July 23 2017
 Josephine Braun preaching.  PDF

Vista Orders.
 Future order due dates are September 3 + 17.   PDF

Joseph Wasswa 9yrs
 Joseph is the brother of Agnes and both attend the Tekera Mission in Uganda. Our church donates funding to help with their education. View Joseph's latest term results; he is doing quite well. PDF

Tekera Mission, Uganda.
 East Plains UC is sponsoring a young Ugandan girl by the name of Nanyonga Agnes who attends a vocational school in Masaka Uganda. View the letter she sent us dated October 2016. You can also view a video of her; go to our Wider Work page and click Tekera Mission. PDF

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

Partnership West Family Support Network.
 Our Vision: "To expand our outreach to meet the changing needs of our  community as it responds to hungar."   Partnership West Family Support Network.

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