The History of Silver Falls United Church
Silver Falls was
originally a section of a circuit formerly known as St. John County
Mission in connection with the former Methodist Church of Canada which
embraces Rothesay, Millidgeville, Crouchville (near East Saint John), Red
Head, Lower Golden Grove, Brookville and Mispec. Later on this mission was
known as the Courtenay Bay circuit. In 1879 Rev. D. D.
Moore became the first resident pastor, but as far back as 1871, Thomas
Stubbs, a devoted local preacher had held services in the communities
mentioned. In 1903, a parsonage
was built as a cost of $2,000 and in 1911 the name of the circuit was
Silver Falls. The church at Silver Falls
was dedicated on July 11, 1886, when Rev. Richard Opie was pastor; the
preachers for the day being Revds. Robert Wilson and John Read.
1960 Dedication of present Sanctuary
1966 Christian Education Building added to Sanctuary
1979 Purchase of new organ
1982-1983 Refurbishing of Memorial Hall
1984 Purchase of current manse
1986 Paved parking lot
1986-1988 Choir presented concerts Hearts in Harmony, Irish Night and
Showtime to raise funds for new piano
Held first Knit-a-Thon
New Baldwin Sanctuary piano purchased
1992 Minister’s Study renovated
1994 Wooden steeple replaced by steel steeple, retaining
1997 Funds raised and construction of access ramp to CE Hall
1998 Installation of chimes in memory of Elisa Vincent
1999 Voices United Adopted
and Memorial trees/shrubs
Our Unified Board and Board of Trustees
Silver Falls United Church's Governance
structure is a Unified Board Model. Our Unified Board deals with all
of the responsibilities that our Session and Board of Stewards used to
– meets the third Tuesday every other month in the Memorial Hall to
discuss church business and help in the spiritual life of the
congregation. Committees of the Board include:
Maintenance & Manse Committee:
deals with basic ongoing maintenance in all the church buildings,
including the manse.
Pastoral Care Committee: helps
deal with hospital visitation, sends cards to the sick and shut-ins,
keeping in touch by telephone.
Worship Committee: This group
assists the minister in planning services, providing assistance in any
church related activities as well as present any requests the minister
and congregation may have to the Board.
Christian Life and Growth
This committee oversees the operations of the Sunday School and Youth
Group and coordinates activities with our mid-week youth groups.
Ministry and Personnel
Committee: This group counsels and deals with the concerns of our
Finance Committee: Plans and
implements fund-raising ideas with assistance of the rest of the Board.
Works with Church Treasurer to create budgets.
Group Committee: Technically not a committee
of the Board, but it works with the Board to run the Scouting program at
Silver Falls United Church
Board of Trustees
– deals with items concerning structural work to our buildings, hall
rentals and trust.