The Sturgeon Point Union Church is found in the charming Village of Sturgeon Point, in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. The church is a vital part of village life, a beautiful heritage building used for worship services, baptisms, weddings, and funerals, concerts, plays, movies, community talks and meetings. It supports a number of charities, which give back to the wider community. All are welcome to join us on summer Sundays at 10:30am for worship service and all are welcome to rent the space for special occasions. Please refer to the weddings and events tab for further information.
For more than 100 years, the Sturgeon Point Union Church has provided a place for worship and community gatherings for villagers and visitors alike. Octagonal in shape, constructed of Georgia pine throughout, surrounded with windows that let in the summer sounds and breezes, and a bell that rings for Sunday services, the church has remained independent, welcoming all to summer services.
Cancelled due to concerns over the spread of Covid-19. We are grateful for the many ministers who were slated to conduct services this summer, and hope to welcome them back in 2021!
2019 Summer Services
July 7 – Derek MacLeod
The Reverend Derek Macleod, a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, has served Presbyterian churches in Montreal, Toronto, Metis-sur-Mer and Charlotte, North Carolina. Derek is currently serving as senior pastor to St Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC. He and his wife Catherine Chappell have three daughters and too many pets.
July 14 – Milton Barry
The Reverend Canon Milton Barry began his ministry in his home province of Saskatchewan. He has served in several parishes in Peterborough and Toronto, including at Grace Church on the Hill for 18 years. He is currently a part time priest at St James Emily. Milton lives in Peterborough and is an avid sailor, cottager and curler.
There will be a Blessing, this Sunday, of ‘Boats, Bikes and Boots’
July 21 – John Patterson
The Reverend John Patterson has spent time serving the United Church in Northern Ontario. He and his wife have also spent 11 years involved in village development work in India and 13 years founding and building a company in Hong Kong. After returning to Canada in 2004, the Pattersons moved to Haliburton where they have established Abbey Gardens and Abbey Retreat Centre. The Gardens are an effort to create a place of beauty, economic opportunity and nature education in a disused gravel pit. The Retreat Centre caters to the needs of Cancer patients who enjoy the opportunity of speaking at depth of their cancer experience and participating in yoga, meditation, healthy eating and encountering nature. John spent some of his school years in Fenelon Falls where his Dad was the pastor in the United Church in the 1950s.
July 28 – Doug Norris
The Reverend Doug Norris, recently retired as minister at Rosedale United, has been a faithful regular at the Sturgeon Point Church for the past 18 years. Doug has begun a further career as Executive Director of the Abbey Retreat Centre in Haliburton, a small residential facility offering care for cancer patients and their caregivers, with rentals and programs for various other groups and classes.
August 4 – John Ambrose
The Reverend John Ambrose is a retired minister in the United Church of Canada. he has served congregations in Mississauga, Toronto, Guelph and Kitchener. Recently he served as editor of Voices United Hymnary and as Chair of the Board of the United Church Observer. John has a cottage at Hickory Beach.
August 11 – Debbie Sherwin
Debbie Sherwin takes great pleasure in returning to the Sturgeon Point Church every summer, and has done so since 2012. A Licensed Lay Worship Leader in the United Church of Canada, she serves multiple-point pastoral charges in rural ministry. With many churches in transition and many unknowns, she intentionally works to leave people with a sense of hope, as they navigate their shared journeys. The past year has been spent in reflection and ongoing learning, whereby Debbie has become a Community Educator for the Bridges Out of Poverty, Getting Ahead, and Rent Smart Ontario training programs.
August 18 – Richard Fee
The Reverend Dr Richard W. Fee commenced his vocation through a secondment to the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria in 1977. After 16 years there, he returned to Canada to serve as Director of Presbyterian World Service and Development. In 2004-2005 he served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church and then commenced work as General Secretary of the denomination. He is retired but has become involved as co-producer of a documentary film entitled, “Operation Lights Out: Canadian Humanitarian Aid During the Nigerian-Biafran War, 1967-1970”. He is also gradually adding miles to his Camino pilgrimage by walking various stages of that route each year in Spain, Portugal, Malta, France and Italy.
The Church’s Annual General Meeting will immediately follow the service on August 18th.
August 25 – Milton Barry
We welcome back, The Reverend Canon Milton Barry (see July 8th)
Lynne Davis, organist
Please join us for refreshments after the services
Summer services, weddings, baptisms, and other celebrations of life have been held at the Sturgeon Point Union Church since 1915, and before this heritage building was constructed, in a tent and a makeshift structure on this piece of land since 1888. So far as we know, this is the first summer in living or recorded …
We regret to announce all services of worship, weddings, celebrations of life, concerts, plays and other ways the church is typically used are suspended due to Covid-19. Please stay well.
As we clean out our summer larders, readying the cottage for winter, bring those non-perishables to the church. We will deliver them to the food bank for you! SUNDAY OCTOBER 13th, 11am till 1pm.
The Sturgeon Point Union Church makes a stunning setting for any occasion! It is a non-denominational, inclusive space, which means it welcomes all who wish to use it for celebrating life’s great moments.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.
When is the church available?
As the church has no heat, weddings and special events can be booked from May through October. Please contact us for availability.
How many guests can it accommodate?
The church can seat 200 guests.
Do I have to use the church’s minister or can I bring my own?
The church has no dedicated minister or officiant, so please bring your own.
Do I have to be a member of the church to be married there?
No, all are welcome!
What is the cost?
The fee is $350. There is a $100 non-refundable deposit required when booking, with the balance due four weeks before the wedding date.
Should you have additional questions please contact us.
You are most welcome to see our beautiful church in action any Sunday morning in July and August during 10:30 a.m services.