On Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 4:00pm Fort Massey celebrated 150 years since the laying of its corner stone,
which took place on June 23, 1870 at 4:00pm.
The Rev'd Trent Cleveland-Thompson stops to chat
with Fort Massey's Clerk Emeritus, Dr. Alasdair Sinclair, during the drive-by celebration of the 150th anniversary of the laying of the Church's cornerstone on June 23, at 4 PM, the exact date and time in 1870.
On Sunday, March 8, 2020 Fort
Massey United held its Vicar's Ladle Soup Competition, where men of the
congregation prepared soups, which were judged by a panel of women judges.
The first winner was this year was Mr. David Griffiths, who can be seen in this photo taken when he was awarded the tropy by Rev’d Trent. His soup was a pumpkin bisque.
On Sunday, March 1, 2020 the newly repainted sign for mounting on the Queen Street entrance was dedicated.
In one of the pictures Rev'd Trent is seen with Ian MacDonald (who did the repainting and replacing of the mounting hardware) dedicating the sign.
In the other picture children are shown taking part in signing their names to the back of the sign to be there as a reminder for posterity. Some adults also signed the back of the sign.
On Sunday, November 24, 2019 Fort Massey
United presented The William S. Fong Volunteer Award
to Peter Coulthard.
The Award was established on September 16, 2007 to honour
our long serving treasurer at the time, the late Bill Fong.
Each year the Nominating Committee reviews a list of potential
worthy recipients who have contributed to the life of the
congregation in a significant way over the past year. Our
first recipient, in 2007, was Bill himself. 2019 marks the
13th anniversary of presenting the award.
Bill took over the job when J.A. Bowman retired as treasurer
in 1971. He served in the volunteer role until he passed it on
to others in 2010 (39 years later)!!
The 2019 recipient is an Elder, Board Member, and Trustee.
To say that he has been fully engaged in the life of Fort
Massey Church for well over 30 years would be an
understatement. His committee work in these three areas of
governance has been exemplary, whether it was as Sunday School
Superintendent or as our Finance Chair. In recent years, as
our facility took on a more community role, and along with
that role, liability control of the rental space, his legal
opinion to the Board of Management is always forthcoming in a
timely, professional manner, gratis to the church, allowing us
to pass along the savings to community groups.
Long before our present minister arrived in 1993, he had
taken charge of the greening of the sanctuary for the holiday
season, with help from his wife, Stephanie, and they did so
again for 2019. His latest 'green' project on behalf of
the Board of Management is an investigation in the
installation of solar panels on our church roof, which would
provide the church with excess electricity that we could sell
back to the grid, bringing Fort Massey Church well into the
21st century of renewable energy and making a contribution to
the greening of our planet.
On Sunday, November 3, 2019 Fort Massey
United had the joy of presenting four members — Pictured
below: John Beveridge, Mary Carmichael, Viola Greer, &
Nancy Riggs — with The Order of Fort Massey.
Two others — Roxann Tupper and Betty Pacey — were absent
and awarded later. The Order of Fort Massey
is presented to members who have contributed in
significant ways to the life of the congregation.
On Sunday, October 27, 2019 Fort
Massey United held its first Great Pumpkin
Carving Contest, where members of the
congregation designed and carved their Jack-o-Lanterns
and put them on display for members of the
congregation to vote on the ones they thought the
best. The first winner was this child pictured with
Rev’d Trent, who won for her unicorn themed
On September 29 Fort
Massey had the honour and pleasure of having the
University of Heidelberg choir Camerata Carolina
sing during our church service. We then held a
reception in the Music Room on the Tobin Street
Level for those present. This was followed by
members of the congregation serving the choir a
lunch of soup and/or chilli and dessert (all
prepared by congregation members) in the Lower Hall.