The History of Jordan Station United Church

Jordan Station United Church dates back prior to 1848 when a few local persons gathered to listen to Methodist circuit preachers from St. Catharines or Grimsby.  The land at the north corner of Oaklawn Cemetery was deeded to the Trustees of the Wesleyan Methodist Church on December 25, 1859.

In 1874, the New Connexion Methodist Church at Jordan and Wesleyan Methodist Church at Jordan Station (known as Bridgeport at that time) joined under church union becoming part of the Methodist Church of Canada.  The two congregations met at Jordan Station and were served by ministers from Beamsville. 

1878 – the Church was remodeled / enlarged, new windows were added and the roof was made steeper. 

1893 - new Sunday School program was added.

1903 - the Choir loft was constructed.

The first meeting of the Parsonage Committee was held on February 24, 1904.  The Building Committee was selected by ballot and members were: Harvey Fawell, C.M. Honsberger, Camby Wismer, Lloyd Fry and DH Moyer. A lot was purchased by the committee from Mr. Oliver Berg, the third lot from the corner for a sum of $250.  Wismer Bros. received the tender to build the parsonage with the total cost not to exceed $2700.

April 10, 1908 – the Trustees purchased two lots from S.H. Rittenhouse for the sum of $584 to build a shed (54ft x 120ft).  C.M. Honsberger informed the Stewards that if they paid the interest on the amount that the shed cost, he would donate the same amount to the Church for as long as he lived.

September 4, 1908 – The Building Committee signed the contract for the shed for the sum of $2879 and borrowed $3000 from Miss Mary and Miss Amanda Honsberger.  The shed was officially opened by the Shredded Wheat Co. of Niagara Falls and a banquet netted a sum of $75.50.  The old wooded shed was sold for the sum of $117.

The church was moved in 1928 from the cemetery to its present location, acquiring at this time a basement level.  In 1959, a Christian Education addition was built, containing an office, washrooms, Sunday School rooms, parlour, nursery and auditorium/gymnasium.

1973 – the 1908 drive shed was dismantled.

1986 – the adjacent manse (built in 1904) was sold.

1998 – the wheel chair ramp (dedicated in 1989) was replaced by an elevator,  the kitchen was completely updated and a new library created. 

Stained glass windows were dedicated between 1945 and 1986.

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