Some information about the history of Grace United Church:
Grace United has a history that is gathered from different cultures and different faith traditions - perhaps that is why we are such a welcoming church.
I imagine you didn't know that in 1840, German Evangelical Association preachers would arrive to church on horseback to lead what some called the Ratz Church; this later had establishments in East Zorra, Lingelbach, Sebringville, South Easthope, and Tavistock.
Or that the rising population, the increase in industry, and the coming of the railroad in 1857, all combined to for the influx of people from Scotland and the need to erect a log structure on 10th line of East Zorra as a place for Presbyterians to worship in 1860 (which later became Burns Church in 1874.)
In the same year, a small red brick church was built in Harmony as a place for a growing number of Methodist to meet under the leadership of Rev. Elsworth. It was known as Salem Methodist Church (later EUB).
There were various sharing of buildings, uniting of charges, and amalgamations of congregations throughout the history of church life in Tavistock and surrounding areas. You can read the full details here: Important Dates in the History of Grace United Church.
But in January 1925, Grace (then called Knox Presbyterian) voted to become part of the United Church of Canada, and was called Knox United Church. Within Tavistock there was also Zion Evangelical United Brethren Church (EUB). Zion and Knox would often hold union services together. Then in 1967, The Canadian Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren passed a motion to join the United Church of Canada, thus Zion Church in Tavistock became Zion United Church. This meant that Tavistock then had two United Churches, plus South Easthope United, and Harmony United not far away.
September 1, 1969: Zion United, Knox United, South Easthope United, and Harmony United all become one-Grace United Church.
We respect our deep traditions, and the willingness to work together for a common future.
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Grace United Church is part of the Western Ontario Waterways Regional Council and The United Church of Canada.