Little White Church

Friends are invited to gather at the Church on Sunday July 26th 2021 to celebrate the 195th Anniversary of The Little White Church.

While Covid restrictions continue to limit the formal gathering of a service, people are invited to spend the afternoon with a picnic gathering on the grounds and a short music recital at 2:30 pm.

Please rememeber to send your donations as we continue to maintain this historic property.

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Les amis sont invités à se réunir à l'église le dimanche 26 juillet 2021 pour célébrer le 195e anniversaire de La Petite Eglise Blanche.

Alors que les restrictions de Covid continuent de limiter le rassemblement formel d'un service, les amis sont invités à passer l'après-midi pour un pique-nique avec un court récital de musique à 14h30.

N'oubliez pas d'envoyer vos dons pendant que nous continuons à entretenir cette propriété historique.

The Russeltown Flatts Church began through the vision of Mary Forbes, whose husband John ran a small store across the road. Her encouragement, along with the hard work of local settlers resulted in the raising of the building's frame in 1826. The church was first used by the Methodists and Congregationalists.

By 1853, the settlers were forming a strong tie to the Presbyterian Congregationalists and Mrs. Forbes turned the church over to them in return for their commitment to build a steeple. Donald Black, a federal Member of Parliament (1935-53) and grandson of original settler Josiah Black, donated the electrical lighting and fixtures for the church in 1920. In 1925, with the union of the churches, Russeltown Flatts Church joined the United Church of Canada. By 1945, the scattering of the local population forced the merger of Knox, Wesley-Covey Hill and Russeltown churches.

The Russeltown Church and Cemetery has been maintained by trustees and is now a registered foundation. The Church welcomes visitors to its Anniversary Service, regularly held the last Sunday in July.