Ste-Geneviève United Church (Ste-Genny's)
This Congregation was formed as a result of the vision and hard work of a few people in this area who felt called to establish a place of worship in the tradition of The United Church of Canada. The first members of the Congregation met in a local Fire Station and, subsequently, in one of the local schools. For a time, after receiving permission from the Montreal Presbytery to erect a church building, they held Sunday Services and Sunday School in a house which stood where the present parking lot is located. The present facility was built and dedicated in 1963. For a few years following its construction, much of the adjacent land remained as farm land, and St. John's Road (now a Boulevard) was a bumpy, winding country road.
In October 2008 we celebrated our 50th anniversary. On Saturday, October 25, 2008, we shared a pot-luck supper, we shared memories, and it was followed by entertainment and sing-along led by our own Community band. Sunday, October 26, 2008, we had a special Service of praise and thanksgiving where we acknowledged and celebrated this special milestone of our Family of Faith. In 2016 we started a community bereavement program, very much in line with the new mission and vision statements we adopted at that time. This has grown into the ORA Loss & Living Program. In March 2018 we sold our property to Voluntas, a local funeral services provider. We continue our church activities at the same location, albeit in a smaller space, as we have the use of the sanctuary, narthex, church offices and choir room, while the rest of the property saw a lot of construction in the second half of 2018 to create the new Voluntas space. Voluntas Commemoration started serving people from their new location in December 2018. For further information check out the Voluntas Commemoration website and facebook page.
After 33 years as our minister Rev. Ian Smith retired effective July 1, 2020. Rev. Ian and Silvia posted a special video for us: FAREWELL to STE-GENNY'S - With Love from Rev. Ian and Silvia Smith. In mid 2019 a Search Team was set up to find a new minister. First step was to start consultations to find out who we, Ste-Genny's, are as a Community of Faith. Then, again following consultations, what are we looking for in a new minister. This led to detailed descriptions of our Community of Faith and of what we are looking for in a minister, which were both posted on a special United Church of Canada website. After all this info became available to ministers looking for a new position, the Search Team received several applications, reviewed those applications, conducted interviews, and recommended a new minister. The Search Team submitted its report to the congregation at a Congregational Meeting on July 5, 2020, where the congregation approved the new minister. Finally, the new minister was approved by Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council on July 14, 2020. Our new minister, Rev. Joëlle Leduc, started September 1, 2020.
We serve the western and central parts of Pierrefonds, the western part of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Ile-Bizard, Ste-Geneviève, and part of Kirkland. We also have people coming from other municipalities of the West-Island as well as from off-island.
OUR MISSION: "Ste-Geneviève United Church’s mission is to witness to and for Jesus Christ by partnering with community organizations / groups to provide a variety of healing / wellness opportunities for the community at large and for our own and other faith communities."
OUR VISION: "Ste-Geneviève United Church's vision is to continue growing in our faith in Jesus Christ - and living it - by becoming a resource centre for the wellness of Mind, Body and Spirit, dedicated to providing opportunities, for the community at large and for our own congregation, to receive support in dealing with life's transitions."
Many of the original Charter Members of this Congregation have either died or moved away and Merci Rattigan is the only Charter Member still on our Membership Roll.
WE ARE AN ACTIVE CONGREGATION OF The United Church of Canada.