The United Church in Elk Point closes
Despite efforts of dedicated members, the United Church in Elk Point held its last regular service in November, and is putting its buildings up for sale. At one time a vibrant part of the community, the church faced an aging, dwindling membership which led to the disbanding of the congregation.
The church was in a solid position when it closed. The United Church camp at Whitney Lake was given a sizeable financial gift that will help to complete renovations to the cabins. The cross that hung at the front of the sanctuary also went to the camp. Equipment and furnishings from the church have been donated and distributed to other church and community organizations.
The big blue building located east of the RCMP detachment on 50th Avenue will soon be listed with a local real estate office. On the land between the church and the detachment is Elk Point’s oldest building, once a two-room school house, more recently a rummage store run by the church. It too will be offered for sale.
Members of the church continue to participate in services at Heritage Lodge and Parkview Extended Care on the first Sunday of each month.
The church has been a spiritual centre for celebrating marriages and commemorating deaths, as well as a cultural centre for maintaining traditions and bringing people together, but it was not able to survive on just special events. It is hoped that the buildings will continue to be of service to the community and that its purpose will not be forgotten.
For more on the United Church’s history in Elk Point, please visit the Elk Point Historical Society at elkpointhistory.ca.