Plaques on the site:
HAY BAY CHURCH
In 1791, William Losee, an itinerant preacher, organized in this district the first Methodist circuit in Upper Canada. This Meeting House, Upper Canada's first Methodist chapel, was built in 1792. Enlarged in 1834-35 it was used for worship until about 1860 after which it served as a farmer's storehouse. In 1910 in recognition of its historical significance, it was reacquired and restored by The Methodist Church and is still used for annual services by The United Church of Canada.
Erected by the Ontario Archeological and Historic Sites Board.
OLD HAY BAY CHURCH
This simple church, built in 1792 by United Empire Loyalists, recalls the early days of Upper Canadian settlement. The Methodists' evangelical zeal was expressed not only in religious practice but also in their contributions to Upper Canada's early social and political development. Stationed on the earliest Methodist itinerant circuit, this site was the location of the first camp meeting in Upper Canada in 1805. The church was enlarged in 1835, and remains the oldest surviving Methodist building in Canada.
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
Churches in Ontario
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“A man is accepted into church for what he believes and turned out for what he knows.”
“I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious theories of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God.”
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect, had intended for us to forgo their use.”
“We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.”
Q: Do you believe in God?
A: Yes. His name is Clive Davis, and he’s the head of my record company.
Q: How important is your Judaism to you?
A: It isn’t. My humanism is.
Interview with Barry Manilow in The Independent, November 18, 1998.