History

The congregation has a rich history in the Fort Saskatchewan area. However, we did not begin as one church family originally there were two independent churches - the Presbyterian church and the Methodist church.

 

Presbyterians held their first service in the area on January 8, 1882.  In 1902 the Methodist Church built the first structure on the present day site of First United.

 

When the United Church of Canada was established in on June 10, 1925 the local Presbyterian and Methodist congregations came together. All over the country Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregationalist churches were amalgamating under the banner of the United Church of Canada.  It was a time for new beginnings and new adventures in faith.

 

In March 1947 a fire destroyed the church building and the community rallied to build another. By 1961 there was a Christian Education wing (where the offices are now located in First United) and a new sanctuary (1949).  

 

As the congregation grew along with the surrounding community, the current Sanctuary was constructed and dedicated in November 1993.  

 

The people of First United understand that the Church is more than the building - it’s about the people, their lives, their spiritual growth and their service to God’s glory. So we continue to write a history that reflects our mission and the current vision to be a Lighthouse church in the Fort.  

 

We welcome you to explore with us what it means to be the LIGHT - Loving God, striving for Inclusiveness, nurturing Gratitude, offering space for Healing and growing our Talents for abundant living.