Calvary has a wonderful ‘community’ church feel with a great blend of ages, styles and stages of faith. On a Sunday, you’ll see children – lots and lots of children enjoying our excellent and caring Sunday School program. You’ll see individuals, young families, parents and grandparents mixed together in our informal service.
The service carries that same great blend: from upbeat contemporary music to favourite hymns, messages that help you connect your faith to your daily life, and casual time to connect with others.
But Sunday morning is just the tip of the iceberg, during the week there are exciting programs for children and youth. On-going and short-term groups and studies to help you grow your faith. You’ll also regularly find opportunities to make a difference in the community and the world.
Restored to Restore – God is not only working in all we do to help people renew their relationship with God, but to find healing and help in their relationships as well. And, as we find ourselves restored, God uses us to help others find the same.
Equipped to Equip – God is working to develop our abilities and gifts: growing in our ability to connect with God in prayer, scripture reading, and through each other. And God is launching us into ministering to others in and outside Calvary. The beautiful thing is that God sends us out while we’re learning, growing and healing up: in fact, our risking giving of what we have helps us grow in love, in being restored, and in being equipped!
Loved to Love – As we grow closer to the Father, receiving more and more of God’s love and mercy, we become able to show that same love to others. The imprint of God’s love on us shows in lots of different ways: from welcoming strangers, sensing God’s heart for a need or a person we come across, or a calling to get involved in one of our ministries: children, youth, missions, worship, serving behind the scenes can all reflect an overflow of God’s love.
Meet The Team
Marianne Leach Hoffer
Director, Music Ministry
Administration & Support
Our roots stem from the early German pioneers of the Evangelical Church. Missionaries travelled on horseback through dense woodlands to visit the isolated and lonely settlers who were eager to hear about the “Light” of life. This was around the time the foundations of St. Jacobs were being laid. Several families became keenly interested in the Evangelical Movement of the Methodist-type spiritual preaching. A class was soon formed and their homes were opened for proclaiming the Word. In 1848, a little log church was built on the site of our present cemetery and was the first church in the village. Rev. Philip Winkler, who played a very important role in establishing this church, was the first minister and Sunday School Superintendent.
As the congregation grew, the little church became inadequate and since the village had spread southward, the second church was built in 1864 on the north east corner of King and Cedar Streets. A white brick church with frosted windows served the congregation well for fifty years. The third church, built of red brick with white Roman stone trim, was erected in 1914 on the same site and at the dedicatory service was christened “Calvary”. This church still stands in downtown St. Jacobs.
Today we have returned to the 1848 site on 48 Hawkesville Rd. beside the cemetery.
The United Church is a union of Methodist, Congregational, Presbyterian and Evangelical United Brethren churches. Calvary was an Evangelical United Brethren church until union in 1968. While the United Church has a wide range of theological perspectives, Calvary seeks to be faithful to traditional Christian belief while striving to articulate this in a way that makes sense and is applicable to our everyday lives.