Church of the Redeemer

Church of the RedeemerHistory

Records of history reveal that in 1899, a Mr. Frederick Hewitt, then a student of Huron College and assistant to the Rev. D. H. Hind of St. John’s Church, Sandwich, had charge of the Mission of Redeemer Church. Services were being held at that time in the Orange Hall, in what was then Sandwich South Township. Mr. Hewitt thought that it would be fulfilling the spiritual needs of the people to have a church of their own.

In 1900, the Rev. W. H. Hartley came to St. Stephen’s as rector. He continued to conduct the services and preside over the Sunday school in the Orange Hall. He also saw the need of a church for the Redeemer Congregation.

Accordingly, under the enthusiastic leadership of the rector and committees in charge, building material was hauled for a church to be erected on the Essex Town Line in Colchester North. Bricks were hauled from as far away as Elmstead. The land for the church site was donated by the late Robert Shuel Sr. The following spring, the church building was completed and was dedicated on May 31, 1901. In four years the mortgage on the church was paid off and on a Monday, November 6, 1905 the Church was consecrated. At this service twenty-three (23) candidates were confirmed.