A Church Founded in 1924
What was to become Beaurepaire United Church (BUC) began under the leadership of a group of ladies who raised funds to build a “Protestant, non-Anglican” church in Beaurepaire, beginning in 1920, with Mrs. William Angell and Mrs. Louis Carriere. The first service was held on April 20, 1924 under the auspices of the Methodist Church in Montreal who provided a student minister. On June 10, 1925 the United Church of Canada was formed and the Beaurepaire congregation voted to join the new organization. Services were held in various homes and locations. For a while BUC was linked with Lilly Memorial in Pointe Claire as a two-point pastoral charge. From 1944 to 1953 services were held in the Anglican Church on Sunday evenings. In 1953 BUC became a congregation on its own and moved across the street to the Protestant school at the corner of Fieldfare Avenue and Church Street.
The current church building was completed in 1955 at 25 Fieldfare Avenue. It was dedicated as a United Church of Canada on January 20, 1956. The ‘50’s saw the congregation grow in leaps and bounds with over five hundred members and an equally large Sunday School. Several additions were built and space at nearby Christmas Park School was also used for Sunday School classes. The congregation faithfully served the community for many years, offering programs for children and youth, supporting many worthwhile projects, including the adoption of a missionary to Brazil, Rev. Tom Edmonds.
Following a trend that became obvious in many churches, BUC, by the mid-‘90’s was experiencing a dramatic decline in membership. Exacerbated by the October crisis of 1970, many families migrated to Ontario and the western provinces of Canada. The remaining volunteers that form the lifeblood of any church were over-loaded and withdrawing from active committees. In 1999 the congregation studied a revised structure borrowed from modern organizational concepts and adopted a simpler volunteer structure. Under the new structure, designed to lighten and shorten individual workloads, a Church Leadership Team (CLT) replaced the official board or Session. The CLT, guided by the Minister, used brainstorming, prioritizing, delegation and next-step techniques to manage and conduct the business of the church. Reporting to the CLT was a necessary minimum of Problem Solving Teams (PST’s) and Church Action Teams (CAT’s). The teams met over a pre-determined period to plan or execute the task at hand.