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 Church.
When the United Church of Canada was established on June 10, 1925, the local Presbyterian and Methodist congregations came together. All over the country, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregational 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 our 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 built 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 a disciple of Jesus Christ in our world today.