On the Centennial Grace United Church , we looked back with gratitude at the far sightedness of our forefathers. In 1903, the largest group of British Immigrants to ever make the trek to Canada arrived in this area and "Lloydminster" was born. The colony was named after Reverend Lloyd, who was one of the organizers, and the English term for a "mother church" -
In 1920, the Wesleyan Church became known as Grace Methodist Church. In 1925, the United Church of Canada was born, combining Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian congregations. Locally, a number of the Presbyterian congregations joined the Methodists in what became known as Grace United Church, part of the Vermilion Presbytery.
"Praise to the Lord" -
"And I will raise you up on eagles wings" -
Services at Grace have varied: morning and evening, just morning, two morning services, and two morning services as well as one evening service. The purpose has always been the same -
"Make a joyful noise all the earth; Sing to the Lord with gladness" -
Music, music, music. The Lloydminster Times tells of Musical Evenings right back to its first publications in 1905. Long, informative write-
Instrumental solos often add to our worship services. This congregation has come to expect an Anthem on Sunday morning, the Christmas Cantata and solos or other special music at every Church celebration. The last five years, the choir has presented a Gospel Service for the enjoyment of all. "Praise to the Lord" in music has been and still is a strong point of this congregation. The dedication of endless Musicians, Leaders, and Choir participants has made this possible.
"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord" — Psalm 122
The first church built had a capacity for 120 people and was dedicated to the glory of God on October 14th, 1906. The second building, (now our upper and lower halls), was built in 1949-
Although not physically part of our Church building, our fair booth has become as much a congregational gathering spot as our Upper Hall. The fair booth has been a great place for fellowship, hard work and fund-
"Let all creation bless the Lord" -
There was good reason for all the renovations and additions to the church. We were bulging at the seams. Through the late Sixties and early Seventies, Sunday School was being held in the Scout Hall, and private homes, as welt as every available corner of the church. The choir loft of the new church had been renovated within the first few years to hold the more than 90 voice Youth Choir. For a time, Sunday School was held in two shifts: at 9:30 and again at 11:00 A.M., to alleviate the congestion, but this was found not to be satisfactory. Even when two church services were held in the morning to coincide with Sunday School, it still split up families and friends from worshipping together. Mid-
"What does the Lord require of you" -
The congregation of Grace United rents out space for a downtown Playschool, which is a need of our community. Through the years, free space has been provided to a large number of non-
"Service above Self" is the motto of Rotary, but it could be our motto as well. Our Mission Statement has been updated and changed through the years. This present one was compiled about 10 years ago after many hours of Soul Searching, Prayer and Study.
Reference material from Grace United Church Archives, scrapbooks, and the Lloydminster Times.
Anniversary notes by Marg Dumouchel. Compiled by Shirley Aston.
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A CHURCH HISTORY
"Oh God our help in ages past, our hope for years to come" -
c. 1950’s -