Mapleton church to mark 150 years

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It was 150 years ago last February that the little church here first opened its doors.

"We still have a letter written by the church's first minister saying it was a fine day and the church was packed," said longtime member Lorna Crowe, chuckling. "It's rarely packed anymore."

Mapleton church to mark 150 years

It was 150 years ago last February that the little church here first opened its doors.

"We still have a letter written by the church's first minister saying it was a fine day and the church was packed," said longtime member Lorna Crowe, chuckling. "It's rarely packed anymore."

In fact, it's no longer the Wesleyan Methodist Church as it was when it first opened either. It's been the Mapleton United Church since 1925, when the United Church was formed in Canada. The church will celebrate its milestone with a special anniversary service this weekend.

More than a century's worth of community memories has taken place within the four walls of the building, which has seen alterations over the years. A large basement hall was added, as was an extension on the front to accommodate a wheelchair accessible entrance, while the attached horse shed is long gone.

Aside from the countless services, weddings and funerals that have taken place their over the years, the church has also hosted a number of popular social events, such as the annual strawberry supper in July and the annual maple supper in March, which last year drew over 400 people.

"We don't have a large congregation, but it's the only gathering place we have in the community," said Crowe, a member for the past 43 years. "We hope to keep it going. Even though we're not great in numbers, we try to help whenever we can."

The church now stays open about 8 months out of the year. The minister, Rev Bob Mack, travels from Maccan to officiate the services, while organist Cody Harrison travels from Springhill.

Mack will be joined for this Sunday's anniversary service by guest Rev. Ewan Moase, a former minister at the church. The service begins at 7 p.m.



awagastaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Mapleton United Church, Wesleyan Methodist Church

Geographic location: Canada, Maccan

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