Sumas Methodist Church (1886) — Chilliwack, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dunbar Loop
N 49° 07.834 W 122° 03.032
10U E 569264 N 5442404
Quick Description: Built 1886 the Sumas Methodist Church has survived two major floods of the Fraser River. Originally a focal point of European culture in the western Chilliwack area, the church has since changed hands several times since 1971.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 10/24/2010 9:51:08 PM
Waymark Code: WMA06C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 3

Long Description:
According to the Chilliwack Museum and Achieves:

The Sumas Methodist Church was one link in a chain of churches that tied Lower Fraser Valley population centers together. Many of the first Euro-Canadians to settle in the Sumas area arrived from Ontario, products of farming or small town backgrounds and members of the Methodist Church. The church, built in 1886 on land donated by George Chadsey, was the third Methodist Church in the Chilliwack area.

The church building has survived two major floods in 1894 and 1948, and bears the scars of these floods on a corner post where deep gouges mark the high water marks. Although repairs to parts of the building have stemmed the tide of deterioration, the only alteration to the original design appears to be a re-configuration of the front entrance. Completed before the turn of the century, this change was brought about because coffins could not be carried through the front door without being stood on end.

In 1925, the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches across Canada joined together to form the United Church. The Sumas congregation followed suit and the name was changed to the Sumas United Church.

In 1971, the church closed when declining attendance led to the congregation joining with Carman United Church in Sardis. Since that time the property has been sold several times and the building used by other church groups and businesses.

Today the Sumas Methodist Church continues to be a church under the Valley Christian Ministries.

Date the Church was built, dedicated or cornerstone laid: 1/1/1886

Age of Church building determined by?: Historical Society

If Church holds a weekly worship service and "all are welcome", please give the day of the week: Sunday

Indicate the time that the primary worship service is held. List only one: 10:30 AM

Street address of Church:
42415 Adams Road
Chilliwack, BC Canada

Primary website for Church or Historic Church Building: [Web Link]

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If denomination of Church is not part of the name, please provide it here: Not listed

If Church is open to the public, please indicate hours: Not listed

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