Bells ring out for United Church 90th anniversary

United Church congregations are being invited to ring their church bells 90 times at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 10, 2015, to mark the 90th anniversary of the United Church of Canada.

“Whether you are the only United Church in town with a lone church bell ringing, or in a community where it is possible for many church bells to ring in unison, may we all make a joyful noise to the Lord on June 10th,” says Moderator, the Right Rev. Gary Paterson.

The United Church of Canada came into being Wednesday, June 10, 1925. The inaugural service began at 10:30 a.m. That is why 10:30 a.m. was chosen as the time, in every time zone, for United Churches to celebrate their presence in the community.

“We will be ringing our bell on this special day,” says local Rev. Janet Evans. “Come to Lakeshore Drive United Church on June 10th and join us as we celebrate our heritage, our present, our future. We will worship our Lord and honour our God and all of His Creation.

The church bell at Lakeshore Drive United Church was purchased and installed in 1910. The inscription reads: Let him that heareth come.

Says Evans, “Come and profess faith in the God who always walks with us. Men, women and children of every denomination can rejoice and remember that God is our guide, our support, our strength, our song. Hallelujah!” 

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