Generations since 1820 have come together in Pakenham not only for worship but for fellowship and community. They came together again at the Stewart Arena on Friday, July 24, 2015 to help St. Andrew’s United Church celebrate its 175th Anniversary.
Guests were delighted to be welcomed at the front door by several generations of the Gillan and Wilson families, all dressed in period costume. In particular, the Gillan family was represented by all generations between Mary (Gillan) Scott, 4th generation, aged 99 and Ella Gardner, eighth generation, aged seven months.
A history “pop-up” on Friday night showcased the fascinating early history of the church from 1840, when the first congregation of St. Andrew’s gathered together for worship.
Since the very beginning when Rev. Dr. Alexander Mann arrived from Scotland in 1840, St. Andrew’s has been blessed with dedicated ministers. It was a thrill then on Friday to welcome and catch up with past Ministers the Reverends Heather Kinkaid and Debbie Roi and their husbands Emerson and John. It was also a great opportunity for people in the area to meet St. Andrew’s new Minister Rev. Jeff de Jonge and his wife Michele.
Folks enjoyed dancing and listening to old favourites from The Ryan Brothers and Doug Russell and were even treated to some squares called by Dave Duncan and Jim Blair.
The silent auction tables were a big hit. They were chock-a-block full of interesting and unique items. There was a children’s picnic table, gift baskets from Fulton’s and the Pakenham Civitan, high quality cookware, artist’s prints, sportswear, a cast iron fire pit and much, much more. Heartfelt thanks go out to the generous people who donated these great items for the auction.
Lunch, lovingly made by the church ladies of St. Andrew’s, was served at ten o’clock so people could keep up their strength for two more hours of visiting and dancing.
In the enduring traditions of faith, love and community, area children, moms and dads, uncles and aunts, friends and neighbours all helped celebrate this very special 175th anniversary.