Hedley Grace Church - Hedley, BC
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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: 10/15/2016 7:12:25 PM
Waymark Code: WMT8T0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
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Long Description:
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 first two images below are taken from the Twelfth Annual Report of the Okanagan Historical Society, pages 78 and 79, published in 1948.

The complete article on the history of Hedley begins on page 68.

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Date the Church was built, dedicated or cornerstone laid: 7/1/1903

Age of Church building determined by?: Other reliable source

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

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: 1:30 PM

Street address of Church:
856 Ellis Avenue
Hedley, BC Canada
V0X 1K0

Secondary Website for Church or Historic Church Building: [Web Link]

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

Primary website for Church or Historic Church Building: Not listed

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