“There’s a church in the valley …”

There’s a church in the valley by the wildwood
No lovelier place in the dale
No spot is so dear to my childhood
As the little brown church in the vale 
Oh come, come, come, come
Come to the church in the wildwood
Oh, come to the church in the dale
No spot is so dear to my childhood
As the little brown church in the dale.

Written by Dr William S. Pitts in 1857, this Introit to the 183rd Annual Dedication service at Beaverdams Church on Sunday June 7 was not only Esther Summers’ favourite hymn but was sung by the nearly 100 people who gathered inside the church for the first time in six years!

Rev George Addison was accompanied by Rick Young and the Trinity United Church choir as the congregation belted out favourite Methodist songs like Robert Lowry’s “Shall We Gather at the River” and Charles Wesley’s iconic “Rejoice the Lord is King”.

For a glimpse into the service and conviviality thereafter, check out the photos:

(Photos courtesy of Sarah King Head unless otherwise indicated)

The Methodist hymns followed a stellar organ recital the night before by the Director of Music and Organist at NYC’s Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, Andrew Henderson, who returned to his hometown for a performance at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Thorold.

All proceeds raised from the 250+ audience were generously donated to the restoration of Beaverdams Church!

Dr Henderson’s encore piece was aptly Frank Sintra’s “New York New York”, a link to which is available here. It followed on from an eclectic ensemble of more traditional organ works ranging from J.S. Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D–” and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Sonata No. 1 in F–” to pieces by two former organists at Temple Emmanu-El in New York City.

(Photos courtesy of Cathy Henderson)

With Friends like this, there is no doubt that historic Beaverdams Church will again be restored to its former glory!


Don’t forget next week’s Third Annual Yard Sale at Beaverdams Church! It will feature attic treasures, plants and much more as well as the participation of other vendors on site and elsewhere in the village of Beaverdams. 

For more information or to donate, please contact Donna at beaverdamschurch@gmail.com

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1 Response to “There’s a church in the valley …”

  1. erikaeklassen@gmail.com says:

    Thanks for pictures. Sorry to miss it. Had obligations at my church. See you Saturday.

    Sent from my iPod


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