About Us

Welcome To Camlachie United

WHO WE ARE

Our Beliefs

We are “A Christian Community Welcoming and Serving All People”. We enjoy being together, worshiping together, working together, and serving together. We welcome all who enter our doors, as each of us was welcomed in the past. We believe in each other, and who we are as a Christian Family.

Our Logo

Our logo consists of the letter forms “C” and “U” (Camlachie United) surrounding and supporting an “Ichthys”, an ancient Christian symbol also know as a “Jesus Fish”. The bowl-like form also references the Bible story of feeding the crowd with 5 loaves and 2 fishes. Perhaps that is why we enjoy hosting many dinners throughout the year!

Our Minister

Rev. David E. Van Patter began leading us in worship on the First Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2017.  He came to us from The Olde West Oxford United Churches in Beachville, ON, and grew up on a farm south of Aylmer before going to Western University for a B.Sc. in Biology and then to Queen’s Theological College for his Masters of Divinity. His wife, the Reverend Jane Van Patter, continues her service as minister of St. David’s United Church in Woodstock. Weekly commutes by one or the other mean both get to enjoy time in Camlachie and Woodstock.

Our Office Administrator

Heather Holbrook is the smiling face who will meet you during her regular office hours, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 to 12.  Any questions you have, just ask Heather and she will track down the answer, or the person you should talk to. See the “Contact Us” tab for our phone number and email address.

CHURCH HISTORY

Camlachie United Church had its early beginnings with the establishment of Bethel Methodist Church in 1860 in the area of Camlachie Ontario. Camlachie became the head of the circuit of itinerant preachers in 1876.  The small early church was dismantled in 1889 and taken to Camlachie to assist in building a new church.  That structure was replaced by the new Camlachie United Church building, with the opening and Dedication Service held October 14, 1956.  Due to increased attendance and changing needs an addition was added in 1981. Towards the end of that century our thoughts turned again to a bigger building, fully accessible to all. After years of fund raising and searching for property, we erected the sign on our new property in October 2003, began construction in October 2007, opened Phase 1 of our new building on November 23, 2008, and held out first service in the new sanctuary on December 11, 2011.