Centennial celebration

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Trinity-St. Stephens set to mark churchs 100th anniversary

AMHERST - A familiar face is coming back to Amherst this weekend to help Trinity-St. Stephen's United Church celebrate a very special occasion.

Centennial celebration

AMHERST - A familiar face is coming back to Amherst this weekend to help Trinity-St. Stephen's United Church celebrate a very special occasion.

Rev. David Bruce, who served as youth minister for four years beginning in 1991, will serve as guest speaker when the congregation celebrates the 100th anniversary of the church during a special service on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

"We are so pleased and so honoured to have Rev. Bruce come to Amherst for such a special occasion," church centennial committee member Gil Collicott said. "During his short stay at our church he touched the lives of so many people and the community as a whole."

Bruce is thrilled to be coming back to Amherst and remembers his time here fondly.

"As Trinity-St. Stephen's United turns 100 years young, we are looking back at our four years in Amherst as some of the happiest, and some of the most challenging, years of our lives," Bruce said.

After serving in Amherst, Bruce moved to Moncton for four years and then on to Toronto. He recently started serving a new congregation at Leaside United Church near Dons Mills, Ont.

Sunday's anniversary service is the culmination of a year of celebrations at the church that included members of the congregation dressing up in period costumes for Sunday services. Work is also continuing on the development of a time capsule that will be buried on church property. There is also a congregational quilt being made and a collection book is being put together that features photographs from the present and the church's past.

Worship committee member Jeanne Milner said people are excited about the celebration and that phone calls and e-mails have been sent out to church members urging them to attend.

"The response has been tremendous, people are calling the church asking about what's happening," Milner said.

Collicott said the excitement surrounding the anniversary shows the church is just as important to the community as it was a century ago.

"When this building was first opened in 1907 it was the centre of the community spiritually. Today, the church is still the spiritual centre of our community," he said.

Friday night will see Symphony Nova Scotia with Susanne Yi-Jia Hou performing in the church sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.

Rev. Susan Estabrooks, one of two ministers presently serving Trinity-St. Stephen's, said the congregation is celebrating much more than the building.

"Not only are we celebrating the building that has existed in this community for 100 years, but also we are looking at how we can be vital for the next century and beyond," Estabrooks said.


Organizations: Leaside United Church

Geographic location: AMHERST, Moncton, Toronto

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