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1894 - 2011


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  • Church  1839 
    congregation begun 
    Birth  constructed 1894  32 Weber St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Unknown 
    Church  1894  32 Weber St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    construction 
    Parcel Information  32 Weber St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Address 32 WEBER ST W,
      CITY OF KITCHENER Property Code Category SPECIAL PURPOSE Survey Description P360 PT LOT 6 P401 PT LOT 1 Acres 0.93 Roll Number 301202000502500 Teranet PIN 223160047
    Name  Evangelical Church Kitchener 
    Name  Evangelical United Brethern Church Kitchener 
    Name  Zion United Church Kitchener 
    Died  still standing 2011  32 Weber St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I187  Buildings and Organizations
    Last Modified  7 Jan 2012 

  • Notes 
    • Zion United Church

      Begun: 1839

      A Sunday School was established in Berlin in 1837, meeting in  Jacob Hailer's  carpenter shop which was located at the southeast corner of what is now King and Scott Streets. A mission was begun by Rev. Christian Holl shortly after his arrival in Berlin on May 9, 1839, and a class (or congregation) was organized several months later on August 29, 1839 by Bishop John Seybert of the Evangelical Association during a camp meeting held at  David Erb's  farm near Lexington.  John Hoffman  was the Berlin class leader; his brother,  Jacob , was class leader for the Waterloo-Lexington congregation. The Berlin congregation met in the old Town Hall until their first church was built in 1841 on Queen Street South across from Church Street on land purchased as of August 24, 1841 from  Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schneider.  The church was dedicated on September 25th of that year, with Rev. Christian Hummel of Buffalo, New York, officiating. Rev. Joseph Harlacher was pastor from 1840-1842. In 1842 the Waterloo Mission became a Circuit of the East Pennsylvania Conference. Two years later it was part of the New York Conference.

      The second church building was built of brick on the same site in 1866, and dedicated in 1867; Rev. C.A. Spies was pastor at the time. The old frame church was sold and moved to Elgin Street where it was used as a dwelling. In the same year Berlin became a station.

      The present church building was built in 1893 on Weber Street; dedication services were held on June 15, 16 and 17, 1894. This building was heavily damaged by fires in 1942 and 1965 but was renovated and restored each time.

      The union of the Evangelical Church and the United Brethren in Christ Church on November 16, 1946 created the Evangelical United Brethren Church. The name of the church was to change again, to Zion United Church when the Evangelical United Brethren Church joined the United Church of Canada on January 1, 1968.

      Of interest: some maps of early Berlin show this church as a German Methodist church.

      Records:
      Baptism dates: unknown Location of records: at church
      Marriage dates: 1858- Location of records: at church
      Burial dates: unknown Location of records: at church

      Marriage records for 1860, 1862-1865, and 1868 can be found in Waterloo County Marriages 1858-1869, available at the Kitchener Public Library.

      [ADDRESS/LOCATION: 32 Weber St. W., Kitchener, ON N2H 3Z2; 745-4026.]
      References: Getz 1964:5-10,39; Moyer 1979:81 (picture); Stroh, WHS 1978(66):113; R. Taylor 1986; Uttley 1937:49-56.
      Church Histories: 1) Hirschman, C.A. The First One Hundred Years: A historical sketch prepared for the centennial celebration of Zion Evangelical Church, Kitchener, Ontario. Waterloo: Chronicle Press, 1939. 2) Zion United Church 1839-1989, Kitchener, Ontario. Published for the 150th Anniversary, Oct. 15, 1989.1a

      1aAmbrose, Rosemary. Waterloo County Churches A Research Guide to Churches Established Before 1900. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada: Waterloo-Wellington Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, 1993. [used the kind permission of Rosemary Ambrose 2011]

  • Sources 
    1. [S15] GIS - Region of Waterloo Locator GIS Locator.

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