In June 1909, special services to recognize 50 years of this Presbyterian congregation were held. There were services on the sabbath in both English and Gaelic, and on Monday a bountiful supper was served, followed by a concert. This church was beautifully decorated for the occasion and the weatherman provided perfect June days and evenings. Tribute was paid to the pioneers in these words - "Our indebtedness to them is great, and it is our duty to serve God in our generation, and to transmit to those who come after us His Testimony and His Law. May the blessing of God rest abundantly upon His cause in this congregation in the time to come."
In 1959, special services to recognize 100 years of Presbyterianism were held from July 5 - 12 with 2 services each Sunday. Both services were well attended. A congregational supper was held on the Tuesday and a program of local talent and speeches from local dignitaries was held on the Thursday. A short history book of the church was also published that year. In the preface to the book, Rev. R.H. MacLeod, the minister, wrote these words - "In reviewing the past, Knox Church can look back with thanksgiving, and should be very proud of its heritage. We are thankful for the long list of devout men and women who toiled and sacrificed so faithfully through the years. Above all, they loved their God, and lived close to their Lord and Master. As we honour their memory, may we emulate their example."
As 1984 was the 125th anniversary of Knox Presbyterian Church, special plans were made to celebrate this event. Two services on August 5th were planned with children of former ministers as guest speakers. Lunch and a social time was also enjoyed. On our regular anniversary date in October of the same year, a former minister spoke. Extensive renovations to the sanctuary were planned. These were recognized at a church service in March when the sanctuary was re-opened for worship. An oak cross, indirectly lighted, adorns the pulpit area. The choir area was enlarged, new carpet laid in the sanctuary, and a fresh coat of paint applied to the walls. Repairs and upkeep on a smaller scale are addressed as needed.
In the early 1990's, ways to make the church more accessible to everyone were considered and so began the 'Access Project'. This would see the north side of the church enlarged, adding an office, washrooms, nursery, choir room and kitchen. A new entrance off the parking lot was created and an elevator installed. A sod turning ceremony was held in August 1992. When the work was completed in November a service of dedication was held for the new addition. The moderator, The Rev. Dr. Linda Bell officiated, paying tribute to the vision of a congregation building for the future.
And here we are in 2004. The trees have grown. The exterior brick work is being repaired and the stained glass windows have been releaded. Some landscaping has been done and more is planned. A new sign at the front of the church is being constructed. We are still building for the future.
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