Little River

Church recognizes 150th anniversary

LITTLE RIVER – Sunday, April 27th will be the beginning of an exciting and meaningful year for Little River United Baptist Church, Little River, Cumberland Co., Nova Scotia. At this time the congregation will begin its 150th year of worship and witness. 

The following excerpts are from an historical account prepared for the celebration: 

It is recorded in a history of the Baptist Churches in the Maritime provinces that the church in Little River was organized in the year 1847. In 1849 the congregation was admitted to the fellowship of the old Nova Scotia Baptist Association. 

According to the Public Archives information the infant congregation built its first place of worship in 1848; near the present structure. 

The years which followed brought continued growth to the church. For example, in 1854 the spirit of revival swept the entire part of the county from Pugwash to Leicester, and in 1890 Little River Church showed a membership of 109. 

The spirit of the “Pioneers” remains alive by the Spirit of Christ. Commitment to Jesus Christ and the extension of His Kingdom still characterize the faith community of Little River. With the Lord’s leading and blessing the work of the Little River United Baptist Church has continued to grow. In 1987 a vestry was added with Sunday school and kitchen facilities. In 1992 memorial stained glass windows were installed; a fitting inspiration as Christ’s light still shines through the faith, lives, and ministries of these people to build His church. 

Throughout the year celebrations will include a Founder’s Worship, a Homecoming Weekend with an Old Fashioned Sunday School Picnic and Garden Party, special services and returning pastors, an Open House and Thanksgiving Worship and an Old Fashioned Sunday School Concert. The year’s joy will include in April of 1998 as the church celebrates the forty fifth anniversary of its Ladies Circle. 

The congregation praises God in Christ for His faithfulness as His presence and power continue to build His church in Little River. 

Lord thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Psalm 90.1 

Inquiries regarding the celebrations may be directed to Little River United Baptist Church, R.R. #3, Oxford, N.S. B0M 1P0

(Source: The Citizen, Saturday, April 12, 1997, Page 36 – Church recognizes 150th anniversary)