In 1962, five churches – St. Matthew’s United Church, Inverness; St. John’s United Church, Strathlorne; Mabou-Hillsborough United Church, Hillsborough; St. Stephen’s United Church, Port Hood and Jubilee United Church, Port Hood Island – formed the St. John’s Pastoral Charge. The Mabou-Hillsborough church has since closed.
The Pastoral Charge office is located in St. Matthew’s United Church in Inverness, 902-258-2323.
The current minister, Pastor Margaret Ann (Maggie) Plant, DLM may be reached at 902-258-2686.
Port Hood Churches:
The former St. Stephen’s Church has its roots in two traditions – Presbyterian and Methodist. The Presbyterian roots go back to the Protestant families who settled around Port Hood and Mabou after 1786. These families kept their religious faith alive through home worship, as they had no minister. In 1818, Rev. James McGregor, a Presbyterian missionary, came to the area and preached. In 1821, a Presbyterian congregation was formed and Rev. William Millar was called to be their minister.
The Methodist roots can be traced back to the influence of Ann Ross in 1839, who lived on Port Hood Island.
In 1874, Anglicans, Baptists, Presbyterians and Methodists built the first protestant church in Port Hood. In 1886, the Methodists built their own church, which is the current St. Stephen’s building.
In 1867, the first Methodist church on Port Hood Island was established in the Community Hall. In March 1904, the Jubilee Methodist church was built on the Island. In 1925, the church was renamed and dedicated as Jubilee United Church.
In June 2011, the St. Stephen’s and Jubilee churches amalgamated, becoming the St. Stephen’s-Jubilee United Church. On August 17, 2014, St. Stephen’s-Jubilee will celebrate their 193rd Anniversary as a faith community.
An annual communion service is held in the Port Hood Island Church in late July or early August.
St. Stephen’s-Jubilee has a service every Sunday.
May 1 through October 31 morning worship starts at 9 a.m.
November 1 through April 30 morning worship starts at 11 a.m.
Worship times and locations are advertised in The Inverness Oran newspaper.
St. Matthew’s United Church, Inverness:
St. Matthew’s United Church was established as a Presbyterian church in 1908. In July, 2014, we celebrated our 106th Anniversary.
St. Matthew’s United Church and St. John’s United Church in Strathlorne share Sunday services, alternating each week.
May 1 through October 31 morning worship starts at 11 a.m.
November 1 through April 30 morning worship starts at 9 a.m.
Worship times and location are advertised weekly in The Inverness Oran newspaper.
Contact our minister:
Minister: Pastor Maggie Plant