Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary
Today we come together to celebrate 10 years of life as the amalgamated congregation of Edgewood-Oxford United Church.
Oxford Street United came into this union with roots that reach back to 1871, including fascinating stories of determination and fortitude. Imagine cutting your church building in two and moving it several city blocks in 1892! Though a younger congregation by church standards, Edgewood traces its history back almost 70 years to its first worship service at Edgewood School in 1946, with the present-day church built in 1956. It is hard to imagine all the joys and hardships, the trials and triumphs that our forebears faced. But as we celebrate out 10th Anniversary, we acknowledge the strength and faith of that great “cloud of witnesses” who laid such a sure foundation and who continue to surround us in spirit.
And who among us could have imagined in 2005 that this special Anniversary Sunday would be enriched by our joyful anticipation of welcoming another congregation, United Memorial, into our church family? United Memorial is itself a product of co-operation and strength in the face of unimaginable tragedy. Following the horrors of the Halifax Explosion in 1917, the surviving members of Grove Presbyterian and Kaye Street Methodist bravely left their ruined church buildings behind to forge a new path in 1920 as an amalgamated congregation, United Memorial Church.
Collectively, we bring to this celebration today more than 300 years of service, praise and Christian love in the City of Halifax. Our deep roots give us the stability to spread our branches and embrace both our faith community and our wider community. After 10 years, our “Joy of Gratitude” can testify that truly “Together We’re Better.” Change brings challenge and apprehension, but it has also been a tremendous opportunity for us to draw our circle wide; and now, with United Memorial, draw it wider still.
Please take a moment to look at the history on display today, and to share a story or a word of gratitude with your neighbour. Happy 10th Anniversary!