SCUGOG: A local landmark in the local Scugog community is turning 150 years old this month.
Prince Albert United Church was built in 1866. The red brick building was built at the southeast corner of Jeffrey and Barber Streets. At the time, Prince Albert was an important grain-trading and lumber hub, which was positioned around a planked toll-road running down to Whitby. Grain and lumber, from areas throughout the region south-east of Lake Simcoe, fed through Prince Albert. Naturally, a church was built to serve the increasing population.
150 year’s later, Prince Albert United Church is still serving the community. Throughout the year, Prince Albert United has been holding special anniversary events, leading up to the official Celebration Service, at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 25th.
The 150th Anniversary Celebration Service, hopes to feature many former ministers and parishiners, as well as current members. It will almost be like a big reunion. Funds raised from many of these events go to various charitable organizations in the area.
In December, Prince Albert United welcomed the “Greenbank Blacklight Puppeteers”, to perform in front of a packed church. Puppeteering at the Greenbank Church started over 15 years ago. It is intended to bring pre-teens and teenagers together, to puppeteer as an outreach project for the church.
“It was literally packed. It was a rousing success,” said Beth Willes of Prince Albert United Church.
May was a busy month for the church. Prince Albert United had a history author, Paul Arculus, drop by to speak to the church about the history of Prince Albert and the church. Also in May, the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Male Chorus came by to perform at the church. Rev. Jordan Cantwell, the Moderator of the United Church of Canada, came by one Sunday in May to offer her congratulations to Prince Albert United.
In June, the church held a ‘Fun Fair’, with loads of games, prizes and food for the children of the community. “It was open to the kids of the community, no charge... just an outreach to the children of the community,” said Beth Willes.
Prince Albert United and Port Perry United work together for various outreach programs and next week, on Saturday, Sept. 17th, both churches will be featured on the Port Perry Town and Country House Tour.
Prince Albert United will be having a quilt show as part of the tour.
For more information about the show, and to buy tickets, visit www.portperryhousetour.ca.
Also, on the last Friday of November, Prince Albert United will host musician Irwin Smith, as he performs for the church. Stay tuned for more details.