Hedley Grace Church - Hedley, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 49° 21.458 W 120° 04.529
10U E 712356 N 5471327
Quick Description: Now a member of the Congregational Christian Churches of Canada (CCCC), this church was originally a Methodist Church. This was the first, and for many years the only, church built in the mining town of Hedley.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 1/1/2015 2:36:03 AM
Waymark Code: WMN5VV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
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Long Description:
The Hedley Grace Church is listed on the list of churches in British Columbia on the CCCC website.

Built in 1903, Grace Methodist Church opened toward the end on 1903. It was built by mostly volunteer labour under the direction of Reverend J. W. Hedley. One might think that the town of Hedley had been named after the good reverend, but such was not the case. It was named after Robert R. Hedley, then manager of the Hall Mines smelter in Nelson, who had grubstaked the owner of the Rollo mine in Hedley around 1897.

Not long after the construction of Grace Methodist, the Presbyterians began to hold services in the town, usually in Fraternity Hall, which came to be shared on alternating Sundays with the Anglicans. The Presbyterians and Methodists worked together in Hedley, and Hedley became a Union congregation in 1923. This was two years before official Church Union in Canada, which took place on June 10th, 1925, thereby creating the United Church of Canada.

Not only was this the first church and the first school in Hedley, it became the first building in Hedley with electric lighting when the lights were turned on for the first time in April of 1904. That same year much of the rest of the town was wired to the town's generator, which was operated by a steam engine.

The two images below are taken from the Twelfth Annual Report of the Okanagan Historical Society, pages 78 and 79, published in 1948

Grace Church

Grace Church

Reformed or Congregational Denomination: Congregational Christian Churches of Canada

Associated Website: [Web Link]

Status: Active House of Worship

856 Ellis Avenue
Hedley, BC Canada
V0X 1K0

Date of Construction or Event Occurrence: 1/1/1903

Architect: Not listed

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