Let the bells ring
I hear ringing
Caroline Johnson and Toni Lucas
Members of the congregation of the United Church in Pincher Creek (972 Police Avenue) are hosting a celebration on the east lawn of the church from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 10 in honour of the 90th anniversary of the United Church of Canada. At 10:30 am Pincher Creek will join United Churches across Canada. Their bells will ring 90 times in celebration. In Pincher Creek that will be followed by a 10 minute carillon, a tour of the building, and refreshments. Everyone is welcome to attend.
On June 10, 1925 the United Church of Canada came into existence with the merger of all the Methodist Churches in Canada, 75% of the Presbyterian Churches, the Congregational Churches of Ontario and Quebec, and local Union Churches on the Prairies. In 1968 the Evangelical United Brethren Church also joined.
Pincher Creek members were a little a ahead of the rest of Canada, uniting in 1917. Church services were held in the Presbyterian Church, located at the same site as the current structure, built in 1925. Some say it was the first United Church building in Canada. According to the Pincher Creek Echo, the cornerstone was laid on June 24, 1925, and contains numerous scrolls, coins of the realm, church membership role, and a copy of the Echo of the time that includes an account of the ceremony.