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As told by Edna Whiteley (nee Steed)

Our local Methodist heritage began with the establishment of a Methodist Mission on Kootenay Lake in the year 1891 — and introduced to the area by the beloved and famous missionary, Rev. James Turner, who came to be known as the “Saddle-Bags Parson” because he travelled and served the area on horseback with one saddle bag filled with his personal effects and the other bag filled with his Bible, hymn book etc. 
By 1897 Nelson had grown into a fair size community and it was then that the little frame Church known as Trinity Methodist was erected on this present site. The same Church that Evelyn MacDonald’s grandfather and sons put the roof on. It is interesting to note that even then the congregation could boast of a strong Board of Stewards, excellent choir and active workers. In 1898 Trinity Methodist Church became self-supporting.



Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

Here at Nelson United Church, we see the value in everyone. We want to be a catalyst for positive change, and since our beginnings in 2000, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our Non-Profit Organization upon: support, empowerment, and progress. Learn more about our mission, our vision, and how we go about making the changes we want to see.

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