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History


Chester Massey

The Toronto United Church Council was founded in 1892 by the Methodist Church and, from its inception, served the church and society within the City of Toronto and York Region.  In its earliest years through to the 1920's and 1930's, the Council attended to establishing and managing effective outreach ministries, giving leadership to new church development, providing financial relief to "embarrassed churches", overseeing fresh-air camping, and, during the depression, operating a distribution service for much needed food and clothing.

The 1940's into the 1960's were years of massive church growth.  Council contributed land, capital, and the use of portable start-up buildings to the 54 congregations that were established or expanded in this three decade period.  During the 1970's and 1980's, the mandate shifted to supporting redevelopment of older churches and responding to the needs of the growing suburbs of Scarborough, Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill.  In 1992, Council extended is service area to all the Presbyteries of Toronto Conference and over the next 12 years provided $1,160,000 in grants to them for their priority mission strategy work.  In 2001, the Investing in Ministry Fund was established to enable individuals, congregations and mission units to directly invest in the work of the United Church.  In 2008, the Dufferin & Peel Presbytery Extension Council and Toronto United Church Council merged and together they formed an even stronger corporation to meet the needs of the church today.

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Today, Council continues to be involved in caring for the vulnerable through its support of social services, outreach endeavours, and the construction of affordable housing.  Its partnerships include continuing strong associations with the Fred Victor Centre, the Massey Centre, Hillcrest Lodge, and the Toronto Christian Resource Centre.  Council's long history with camping began first with the operation of the camps and now with its ownership of four campsites and its partnership with the Board of Directors of Camp Big Canoe, Camp Simpresca, Lake Scugog Camp, Ryde Lake Camp and Sparrow Lake Camp.

You are invited to read more about Council's history and to review the historic photos and documents listed below.

PHOTO AND DOCUMENT COLLECTIONS

 

TORONTO UNITED CHURCH COUNCIL

Methodist Union Constitution 1916

Long After - George H. Armstrong (circa 1945)

Church Extension Progress Report 1957

Church Extension Progress Report 1961

Council 100th Anniversary brochure 1992

Council 100th Anniversary worship service 1992

Council information brochure 1996

Our Story Vignettes (Series #1)

Our Story Vignettes (Series #2)

 

CAMP BROCHURES AND PHOTOS

Lake Scugog Camp photos (circa 1930s)

Lake Scugog Camp photos (circa 1940s)

Lake Scugog Camp photos (circa 1950s)

Lake Scugog Camp brochure (circa 1960s)

Lake Scugog Camp Taking Flight brochurce 1999

Lake Scugog Camp Taking Flight donor record 2000

Sparrow Lake Camp brochure 1947

Sparrow Lake Holiday Camp brochure 1947

Sparrow Lake Camp poster 1950

Sparrow Lake Camp brochure (circa 1960s)

Sparrow Lake Camp booklet 1964

Sparrow Lake Camp 100th Anniversary 1912-2012

Camp Simpresca Millennium Fund 1999

Camping Opportunities Fund thank you card (circa 1960s)

Prayer for Campers / Cliff Torrance 1944

Prayer of a Camper (circa 1960s)

 

COUNCIL PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS

Regent Park United Church cornerstone 1954

Queen Street United Church history 1964

Queen Street United Church Opening Services 1930

Trinity Glen Newmarket opening ceremonies 1991

 

COUNCIL SPONSORED REPORTS

The Crisis in the Church  1968

Guidelines for New Church Development  1976

Directions: Toronto Mission Strategy (part 1)  1980

Directions: Toronto Mission Strategy (part 2)  1980

The Regional Church Concept  1982

Serving the Present Age  1992

Guidelines for Church Development in the Early 21st Century  2001

Church Development in Toronto Conference 2005-2009  2005

 


                                                                                                       

The Toronto United Church Council works with the church community to connect resources with ministry. Offering access to professional advice, financial support and leadership development, Council helps our church address the social and spiritual challenges of the day.