St. Paul’s United Church capped off more than 100 years in Princeton with one final gift to the community – a donation of nearly $25,000 to the Princeton Flood Relief Fund.
When the church was officially dissolved in 2021 and sold to the Baptist Church, all funds from St. Paul, the sale of real estate, and the bank account balance were transferred to the area united church office from Pacific Mountain to Burnaby, for distribution to established charities. causes.
“Our congregation had hoped for funds for a local inheritance,” said the church’s last trustee, Ernie Lawrence. And where there is a will, there is a way.
After discussions with the regional office and with assistance from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen, a percentage of the funds were redirected to Princeton to help with flood relief.
“It was kept under wraps, so people in the congregation at the presentation luncheon were delightfully surprised,” Lawrence said of the luncheon and the reveal of the donations last May.
The building has a long history in the community, first owned and used by Presbyterians in 1920. In 1925, with the amalgamation of Presbyterians, Methodists and Congregationalists into the United Church of Canada, the sanctuary held its first service as St. Paul’s United Church on the first Sunday of December 1925.
Over the years many changes have included a small Anglican congregation sharing the services and responsibilities of members. St. Paul’s officially sold the sanctuary in 2021. United Church Reverend Stephen Hershy, along with Anglican Bishop Lynne McNaughton, assisted in the final dissolution ceremony on July 25, 2021. and our congregation,” said Lawrence .
As the doors to St. Paul’s United are closed, Lawrence says he takes comfort in knowing that their donation continues to support the community.
The Princeton Flood Relief Fund, which opened in November 2021, in partnership with the City of Princeton and the Community Foundation, closed in July 2022.
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