Everyone is Welcome to Join Us!
225th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS!
Sunday, August 27th, 2017
Communion Service - 12:30 pm
Celebration of the
UCW's 55th Anniversary Service
Bay of Quinte President - Barb De Jeet
Communion lead by
National President - Nancy Sutherland
Pilgrimage Service - 3:00 pm
Celebrating 225 years of Methodism
Service lead by
Rev. David Jones
Guest Speaker -
Dr. Rev. Laurence DeWolfe
Bring a lawn chair
and a picnic lunch
and stay for both services
Welcome to Old Hay Bay Church
Old Hay Bay Church is the oldest surviving Methodist building in Canada. It was erected in 1792 by settlers, including United Empire Loyalists, who had recently arrived and established the community of Adolphustown (in modern-day Greater Napanee). Here, one can imagine, travelling saddlebag preachers thundered forth in their sermons. Here local residents gathered for worship and fellowship at Canada's first Methodist camp meeting in 1805.
The building was enlarged in 1835, used as a farmer’s barn when the congregation built a new church in Adolphustown, c. 1860, and reacquired for church use in the early 20th century by the Methodists, (continuing, after union in 1925, as The United Church of Canada). The church, land, and its nearby cemetery were designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 2001. Likewise, the church has also been officially recognized as an Ontario Historic Site.
An annual worship service is held in the church on the fourth Sunday afternoon every August.