Heart Lake United Church is a congregation of the United Church of Canada. The United Church came together as a unique Canadian church in 1925. It is a union of the Presbyterian (Reformed) tradition, the Methodist tradition and the Congregationalist tradition. We have international relationships with all these denominations.
As a church built on uniting different traditions we welcome into our church people from any tradition and those with no church tradition. There is a place for everyone.
We value the diversity of experience that people bring and are eager not only to share our faith experience but to learn from yours whatever that may be.
History of United Church of Canada
The United Church of Canada is the largest Protestant denomination in Canada. We minister to over 2 million people in about 3,000 congregations. The history of the United Church is closely entwined with the history of Canada itself.
The United Church was inaugurated on June 10, 1925 in Toronto, Ontario, when the Methodist Church, Canada, the Congregational Union of Canada, and 70 per cent of the Presbyterian Church of Canada entered into a union. Also joining was the small General Council of Union Churches, centred largely in Western Canada. It was the first union of churches in the world to cross historical denominational lines and received international acclaim. Each of the founding churches had a long history in Canada prior to 1925. The movement for church union began with the desire to coordinate ministry in the vast Canadian northwest and for collaboration in overseas missions. Congregations in Indigenous communities from each of the original denominations were an important factor in the effort toward church union.
The United Church continues to be a "uniting" church, and has been enriched by several additional unions since 1925. In 1930, the Synod of The Wesleyan Methodist Church of Bermuda became part of The United Church of Canada’s Maritime Conference. The Evangelical United Brethren Church became part of The United Church of Canada in 1968. In addition, various individual congregations from other Christian communions have became part of the United Church over the years.
The Wikipedia entry on the United Church also offers an overview of the church’s history and background.
Historical Timeline: A chronology of key dates in the history of the United Church, from a century before church union in 1925 to the present.