The warm and inviting faith community of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Metcalfe has its roots in a long history of volunteerism and community spirit. Its story began in 1856 when Adam and Janet Baker donated a parcel of land on the western outskirts of the Village of Metcalfe to the Diocese of Toronto, and a small frame church was built. In 1897, the frame church was replaced by the current stone structure, in large part due to the vision, guidance, and sweat of the incumbent, The Reverend Charles B. Clarke. The Rev. Clarke's exclamation that "never has so much work been done for so little pay" continues to resonate with this community even today.
Over the decades as funds became available and volunteers rallied, the church saw many improvements: stained glass windows, an organ, a bell and stone tower and belfry, lighting (first gas, then electric), and an oak altar. The current church hall was added to the south end of the church building in the 1960s.
Community events are a key component of this church which improve financial stability, but also deepen relationships and a connection to the wider community. The congregation hosts several major events throughout the year, including the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, a Victorian Tea, a Fish Fry, a Pork Loin dinner and the Christmas Bazaar. These events are well attended and anticipated throughout the year.
The church hall provides convenient space for community groups to come through our doors and rent space at reasonable rates. Currently the Metcalfe Cooperative Nursery School (which is housed in the basement of the church), Weight Watchers and a local AA meeting make use of our space on a regular basis. A Messy Church group of parents and children meet one Saturday each month to enjoy games, craft, food, prayer, story and song.
For more than 150 years, the traditions of Holy Trinity: exploration of faith, worship, family, and outreach to the community, have evolved and grown to meet the needs of our community. We continue to build on that strong foundation to ensure we continue to serve the world God loves.