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45835 Spadina Ave
Chilliwack BC
T. 604-792-4634
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History of Our Church
The Methodists were the first Protestants to come to the area, and when the Rev. Ebenezer Robson stopped here to visit the Kipps whom he had married in Ontario he preached at a service in their home on June 8, 1865. This date has been marked as the beginning of this church and of all the Methodist Churches, subsequently United Churches, in the Chilliwack Valley. In 2010 we celebrated our 145th anniversary.
Other preachers followed: in 1868 when Thomas Crosby was preaching, Chief Atche-la-lah donated money, and asked that a church be built. Others joined in, and the first building was erected in 1869 at Yale Road West and Aitken Road. George Clarkson was the first minister living here, in 1870.
In 1882 the church was built in Centreville, as Chilliwack was then called, on land donated by Isaac Kipp. This building still stands, the oldest structure in the downtown, across Yale Road and down from the present structure. (This building is now used as a commercial venture.)
By 1954 a larger sanctuary was needed, and the present building seating nearly 600 replaced the church and manse. The office wing with the lounge was added in 1963 and the hall was renovated in 1970. In the 1980’s we sponsored Vietnamese refugees as part of an inter-faith initiative. 1990 marked much celebration of the 125 years since the first church service. Two ministers had served the charge until 1995 when Reverend Bob Wallace served alone. He mentored three student interns during his tenure. During the tenure of Reverend Doug Ireland the Korean church shared our facility. They have since moved their worship service to a smaller location.

United Church Choir
Chilliwack United Church Choir 15 to 20 years ago under the direction of Herta Stoffles.

 
     
   
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