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First Nazarene church to be founded on P.E.I. celebrates it anniversary

Published on July 15, 2017

ELMSDALE, P.E.I. - Elmsdale Church of the Nazarene is celebrating its 100th anniversary in Prince Edward Island and is marking the occasion with a weekend of events.  

The church, which was originally known as the Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene, was the first Nazarene church to be founded on Prince Edward Island on July 23, 1917

The celebrations of its centennial will begin with an opening service on Thursday, July 20 at 7 p.m. in the church building. The remainder of the services over the weekend will be held in a large tent on the adjacent property.

A Friday evening service will be at 7 p.m. and Rev. Sheila McCrea MacCallum will also launch her biography, “My Journey through God's Design” on Friday evening. On Saturday there will be an old-fashioned church picnic at 2 p.m. with games and a barbeque and an evening service at 7 p.m. Sunday's events will include a 10:30 a.m. service followed by a potluck lunch and closing the celebrations with an evening song and worship service at 6:30 p.m.  

Rev. Stuart Williams, is the senior pastor of the Skyview Community Church of the Nazarene in Calgary. Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Stuart immigrated to Canada in 1998 following the death of his parents and two younger siblings. The current pastors are Rev. Mike and Rev. Betty Zita.

When it was first founded in 1917, Elmsdale Church of the Nazarene’s early meetings were held in the Elmsdale Hall and at homes of family and friends until mid-November 1922 when the Salvation Army transferred their hall in Elmsdale to the Church of the Nazarene. Until 1946, services were held in both Elmsdale and Alberton. In 1946, a new building was constructed in Elmsdale and remained in usage until the current building opened in 1995.

The public is invited to attend and celebrate its milestone celebration events.