Many years ago, a retired minister, Rev. T. Wilson recalled that as a student in 1883, he had held church services in the upstairs of Dunbar’s sawmill and he spoke of “many happy days” in Sundridge that summer.
When the first Sunday School was started about 1901, the pastoral charge included Sundridge, Hartfell, Bloomfield and Lynch Lake.
After the first Presbyterian Church burned in 1928, the Sundridge congregation purchased the present building. Over the years, our building had been used as a Baptist Church, dance hall, school, Women’s Institute hall, hardware and again as a Church!
The sanctuary was renovated in 1965 and the Fellowship Room in 1983. During 1988-89, the congregation enlarged the sanctuary and Fellowship Room, completed several renovations that ultimately made the building accessible to people with disabilities.
Knox Sundridge congregants enjoyed many happy times together, completing projects in a spirit of co-operation and fellowship.
A sentence from our 1980 Centennial history said, “May we be as dedicated Christians as our forefathers… and continue in God’s work, being witnesses for our community in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”
The people of today’s vibrant congregation look to a future filled with vision, hope and promise. There still are “many happy days” at Knox!
“Praise the Lord, all people on earth,
Praise His glory and might.
Praise the Lord’s glorious name.”
1 Chronicles 16:28-29
Knox Presbyterian Anniversary Bulletin. Author: Ethel Hopcraft.