Westley Knox United Chruch
Waterville began as Presbyterian. Berwick as Methodist, but Woodville was from the beginning a union church. Erected in 1921 (before formation of the United Church of Canada) by a nucleus of Mathodists and Presbyterian families, it was at first known as the Woodville Union Church. In 1925 the “Union” became “United”. The name Wesley-Knox was not chosen until 1948. Before the building of the two churches in Woodville (the Baptist in 1920. the Union in 1921) all denominations had held meetings in the old Woodville school hall.
Cash contributions of $8,000 enabled construction to start, but the total cost was $22,000. A burdensome mortgage was the result. For 22 years the ladies of the congregation organized under the name “Church Workers” catered to the Camp Meeting Association during the ten days of the annual camp in Berwick. This dedicated effort, along with other projects, was largely responsible fur the church being able to celebrate a “Burning of the Mortgage” ceremony in 1946. However, it was not until 1969 that the Waterville-Woodville Charge graduated from being a recipient of M & M support to being fully self-supporting. In that same year, Wesley-Knox joined with St. Andrew’s to form Trinity United Church.
During the early years, under the leadership of the pastors, Rev. A.N. Gillis, Rev. John MacKay. Rev. A.D. MacKinnon, and Dr. S.R. Prince, a Young Peoples’ League (Y.P.L.) C.G.I.T. and Tuxis Boys groups were formed, as well as Mission Band. Baby Band and W.M.S. A Junior Ladies Auxiliary was formed in the mid torties.
The Y.P.L. and the Sunday School were from the beginning a joint venture with the Baptist of Woodville. The Y.P.L. always met in the Social Room of the United Church, while the Sunday School met in each church on alternate Sundays.
The Woodville Sunday School today is a Community Sunday School, meeting in Wesley-Knox where the original diningroorn has been made into classrooms. The choir was for many years also United-Baptist, but with amalgamation is now the Trinity Choir.
At the same time that the classrooms were constructed, the kitchen was remodelled. Labour for both was donated by the men of the congregation. Other recent improvements Include a new Thomas electric organ and new choir gowns, a new carpet, and a cabinet tor the Communion ware. The stained glass window above the chancel was donated in memory of Mr. and Mrs. K.O. Parker by their daughters.
In 2006, the Wesley-Knox church building was sold by the Trinity Congregation and all services moved to St. Andrews Church.