Harcourt Memorial United Church is a progressive, Affirming, greening church community providing space for people to explore and deepen their spiritual lives and their involvement in social justice.
Our core values include risk, respect, responsibility, vulnerability and trust.
Our purpose is to welcome and strengthen in community all who wish to serve God’s world and follow the way of Jesus.
We are on a journey from the current Community of Faith organizational structure towards empowering various communities of the faithful to live out their passion, one step at a time, into a future filled with experimentation and learning.
Together the staff and the members of the congregation form a welcoming, caring, and supportive Christian community.
A brief history
- June 4th, 1887: Sunday school teachers from the Congregational Church on Norfolk Street started a Sunday school mission in the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Guelph (south of the Speed River).
- 1905: Chalmers Presbyterian Church became a partner to support the Congregational Church. A new, yellow brick building at the corner of Martin Avenue and Albert Street was dedicated to the venture
- 1923: The former building became cramped, and in 1923, the Brooklyn Sunday School dedicated a large, new building on Martin Avenue.
- 1978-1980: The congregation sponsored its first candidate for ministry and the Refugee Sponsorship Program started. Several families from Vietnam were sponsored, and later other families displaced by war. In 1980, the Student Internship Program began where the congregation and minister agreed to provide practical experience and guidance to future ministers of the United Church.
- 1987: A second ministerial position was added to serve the needs of people of all ages and to assist with community outreach.
- 2005: Harcourt became an Affirming Congregation, welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities into the life of the congregation.