25 Mar 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