Member Statement – William Black Memorial Church

Mr. Speaker I rise today to congratulate the congregation of the William

Black Memorial United Church on celebrating their 200th anniversary


The William Black Memorial United Church is one of the oldest largely

unaltered surviving Methodist Churches in Nova Scotia, and is listed on

Canada’s Historic Places registry.

In 1821 Rev. William Black built a meeting house where worshipers

gathered regularly for class meetings, prayer, and Bible study. In 1789

he became the first Methodist minister ordained in Canada.

The church was first known as the Wesleyan-Methodist Church, then in

1925, with the union of the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational

Churches, the Glen Margaret church joined the newly created United

Church of Canada.

In 1939 the congregation decided to rename their church in honour of

founder William Black. It

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