Our church, located in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada, has a long history, with roots dating back to 1817 when a small log Methodist chapel was built in the Kingsville area. Property for the church at its current location was purchased in 1891 and construction completed in 1893. In honour of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, the new church was called Epworth Methodist Church, after his birthplace of Epworth Rectory in England. After the union of the Methodists, Presbyterians and Congregationalists in 1925, the name became Epworth United Church. A devastating fire in 1935 destroyed a large portion of the old church. The current structure is the result of a rebuilding effort that began the same year and completed in 1936.
56 Division Street South,
Kingsville, Ontario, Canada N9Y 1P6
(519) 733-4154 Fax: (519) 733-6808
9am to 12:30pm
Friday 9am to 12 noon
Sunday 10:30 am
The Reverend John van Omme has been our spiritual leader for the last nine years. He has a B.A. in religious studies and history from the University of Prince Edward Island and an M.Div. from the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax. He enjoys people and his infectious laughter can lighten the mood during any conversation with him. From his own life experience, Rev. John believes that it's important to listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Our minister, Reverend John and Epworth volunteers provide in-house worship in long term care and retirement homes in Kingsville, namely Royal Oak, Southgate and Kingsville Court.
Sunday school is held during the morning worship service. The kids also participate in other activities such as the Stone Soup story, the distribution of palm crosses on Palm Sunday and the Epworth Extravaganza.
Our purpose is to unite women of the congregation for the total mission of the church and to provide a medium through which they may experience loyalty to Jesus Christ in Christian witness, study, fellowship and service.
In July, for five days, we host 40 to 60 kids, aged 4 to 11, that learn about God, make fantastic crafts, try some amazing science, play awesome games and eat yummy snacks. Last summer's theme is shown above.
As part of our world outreach, we give financial support to two foster children, Dieuferson from Haiti and Alfredo from Ecuador. The financial support helps supply food, education and good health care. We receive reports, translated letters, and pictures of these children that are posted on our bulletin board for all to read.
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