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It’s Summerville United Church’s Sesquicentennial Too

Summerville United Church is the heart of the Summerville community, so it is appropriate that it plays a central role in the Summerville Art Festival. Like Canada itself, the church is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2017.

From the outset, Summerville United Church was conceived and built by the community to be a place of worship for all. The church and cemetery sit on land donated for this purpose. The church was built – by hand - with volunteer labour on timbers brought to Summerville by row-boat. Many of the church furnishings and fittings were created by Summerville craftsmen.

At its foundation, the church was non-denominational, serving as a place of worship for people of all faiths. As settlement on the Kingston Peninsula grew, and other churches were built in the area, the church in Summerville became devoted to Methodist worship and became part of the United Church of Canada in 1925. But true to the spirit of its founders, it remains free and open to all and warmly welcomes visitors on August 26.

A Special Summerville Exhibit
The church itself will provide a showcase for a special exhibit of the work of the many notable artists who have called Summerville home. These artists include Rosamond Campbell, Ted Campbell, Marjorie Miller, the Deichmann Potters and Karen Butler. This is a rare opportunity to experience the art of Summerville in its home environment. There will be a small fee to view this exhibit with all proceeds going to support the church.

The parishioners of Summerville United Church will also offer refreshments during the festival. And parking for the festival will be available in the church parking lot.

Join Us for Lunch/Tea
Keeping a country church alive and functional over a century and a half has meant countless fundraising pie socials and teas. True to that tradition, Louise Scott, along with other helpful residents of Summerville, will offer festival guests tea, sandwiches and the best home-baking during the festival. You can find the menu