Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Congregation Asked to Remember 'Goodness' of Historic Saskatoon Church

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Congregation Asked to Remember 'Goodness' of Historic Saskatoon Church

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Doors close at historic Saskatoon church

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SASKATOON - The last sermon has been read at a landmark place of worship in Saskatoon that's been suffering from rising maintenance costs and a dwindling congregation.

Parishioners gathered Sunday for the final time at Third Avenue United Church, which has only had about 25 regulars in the pews in recent months and another 10 to 11 people in the choir.

People from other churches attended to help mark the event.

While the church dates back 113 years the Gothic-style stone structure itself opened nearly 105 years ago -- a fact noted by Rev. Dr. Alan Minarcik in a service that focused on remembrance.

Kenneth Holmes, who chairs the church's unified board, says upkeep and heating costs had become too big for the congregation to handle, so a decision was made last spring to be out of the building by June 30. …

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