New Years Open House – December 31, 2016
To send off the 2016 year and welcome the year of 2017, Wexford Heights United Church hosted an Open House event to the Scarborough community in commencing our 175th anniversary. There were laughs, well wishes, singing, and lots of chatter! Old friends came back to say hello and new friends came to see what we are all about.
Commemorative Candle Lighting – January 8, 2017
On Sunday January 8th, 2017, during worship celebrated with fanfare and a Commemorative Candle Lighting. We lit a candle for those who joined together in 1842 as the Primitive Methodist congregation of Twaddles Chapel and gave thanks for the heritage they have given us. We lit a candle for those who started worshipping as the congregation of Parsonage Church in 1877, and gave thank for their faith. We lit a candle for those who changed their name in 1889 and became Zion Presbyterian Church, and gave thanks for their stewardship. We lit a candle for those who helped form a new denomination in 1925 and became Zion United Church, and gave thanks for their inspiration. We lit a candle for those who acknowledged their place in their community in 1956 by changing their name to Zion-Wexford United Church, and gave thanks for their witness. We lit a candle for the congregations of Zion-Wexford and Wilmer Heights who came together in 2002 to become Wexford Heights United Church, and gave thanks for their vision. We lit a candle for our 175th anniversary remembering our ancestors in faith, and those who continue to be the congregation of Wexford Heights United Church, and gave thanks for the past as we look to the future with hope. We also lit a candle for our country, Canada, as we celebrate its 150th anniversary this year, and gave thanks for our heritage and our home.
Celebrating our Presbyterian Heritage – February 5, 2017
On Sunday February 5th, 2017 we acknowledged our Presbyterian heritage and celebrated the anniversary of the opening of our historical church in 1877.
The Reverend Duncan Cameron, who is the Pastor at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Scarborough, joined us for worship.
Our ancestors in faith were once part of a two point pastoral charge with St. Andrew’s Presbyterian and members of the Presbyterian Church in Canada for 36 years.
Pastor Duncan Cameron preached an inspirational message and we shared the sacrament of Holy Communion together.
Celebrating the Anniversary of our Sanctuary – Sunday February 26, 2017
On Sunday February 26, 2017 during worship we celebrated the anniversary of the opening of our present sanctuary in 1956.
The Reverend John Gertridge, a former minister, joined us for worship and preached the message that day.
Following the service lunch was served in Ryerson Hall.
Saturday March 18, 2017
The group “17&Change” provided the music which included a hint of the Irish and a few sing-a-long songs. Refreshments were provided, jokes were shared, and a good time was had by all.
Saturday May 6, 2017 – The Skyliners Concert
The Skyliners was formed in 1963 by saxophonist and band leader Peter Schofield. The band was very much in demand with its 14 musicians and vocalist playing for large and small events throughout Toronto. Peter Schofield passed away in 1995 and for the past 20 years the band has been under the direction of his son, Glenn Schofield. The band continues to please audiences today by playing music from the Big Band Era and Jazz, right through to contemporary music from today. Many excellent musicians have played in this band, however connections to the beginning are maintained by the music played, the style in which it is played and we still have one of the original members.
Sunday June 11, 2017 – 175th Anniversary Homecoming
On Sunday June 11th, 2017 we had a special 175th Anniversary Homecoming celebration.
The Reverend Susan McAllister, Minister at Princess Street United Church in Kingston, Ontario, and a former minister of Wexford Heights United Church was our guest preacher.
Immediately following worship, we re-dedicated our Historic Cemetery and lunch was served in our Ryerson Hall. There were pictures and mementos on display and lots of good food and fellowship was shared .
Sunday October 1, 2017 – Amalgamation Anniversary
On Sunday October 1st, World Communion Sunday, we had a special worship service celebrating the 15th anniversary of the amalgamation of the congregations of Zion Wexford and Wilmer Heights United Churches, when we became the new congregation of Wexford Heights United Church.
Christine Bell, a current member of Wexford Heights United and past member of the Wilmer Heights congregation, shared some of the Wilmer Heights history, which included the visioning and building of Wilmer Court, a not for profit independent retirement home for seniors.
Sunday October 29, 2017 – All Saints Service
Rev. Janet is a former member of our church who grew up in the congregation. It was wonderful to welcome Rev. Janet home to Wexford Heights.
Saturday December 2, 2017 – Metropolitan Silver Band Concert
This was our final 175th Anniversary celebration event and a wonderful way to end the year!