The United Church of Canada
The United Church of Canada was “born” on June 10, 1925, with the legal details of the merger of the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational churches in Canada sorted out by an Act of Parliament. The union had little immediate impact in Orangeville part from name changes for the local churches. The United Church of Canada is the largest Protestant Christian denomination in Canada, and the largest Canadian Christian denomination after the Roman Catholic Church. In the United Church we seek to understand what faith can understand, always recognizing that we walk as people on a journey.
Westminster United Church will be barrier free and a leader in spiritual wellness in the community life of Orangeville. Our church will be filled with members who take ownership and responsibility for their Christian faith and commit to accomplishing the goals of our church in this community and beyond.
A New Creed
We are not alone,
we live in God’s world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.
The Westminster United Church building, dating from 1879, has long been a focal point in Orangeville. A large part of the church’s mandate is to encourage fellowship and spiritual and mental wellness both amongst its members and the members of the broader community who use the building and who will have greater access if our goals are realized. Considerable work has been done, through the congregation’s own fundraising, to make the building more accessible. These include a new elevator, new accessible washrooms, paved parking lot, safer main entrances and a fully accessible and refurbished sanctuary with flexible seating. The building currently serves the needs of many diverse and non-denominational outside user groups. It is Westminster’s goal to increase the use of these facilities to serve even more of the community with upcoming basement renovations which include a commercial kitchen, renewed auditorium space and additional meeting room spaces.