||88 Piper St., Ayr, Ontario
||Piper Street Church, Ayr, Ontario
||Buildings and Organizations
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- Ayr Methodist Church
Begun: 1864 Closed: 1926
A church was built in 1864 on Piper Street in Ayr. Administered from Paris in the beginning, the congregation was later placed on the Sheffield Circuit of the Wesleyan Methodist Church. In 1895 that circuit was moved from the Hamilton Conference of the Methodist Church to the Galt District, Guelph Conference.
The 50th Anniversary of the congregation was celebrated on March 11, 1914. In the same year the congregation purchased the pews from Stanley Street Presbyterian Church which had joined with Knox Presbyterian Church on May 31, 1914. On June 6, 1926 the congregation voted in favour of union with Knox United Presbyterian Church, the new church body to be known as Knox United Church. At the time of union the Methodist church was known as the Piper Street Church. Readers may be interested to learn that there is a stone marker across the street from 65 Piper Street, Ayr, which bears the inscription: "This stone marks the site of the Ayr Methodist Church 1864-1926".
Baptism dates: 1906-1910* Location of records: United Church Archives
Marriage dates: 1906-1926* Location of records: United Church Archives
Burial dates: 1906-1926* Location of records: United Church Archives
*These records are from the "pocket register" of the Rev. Thomas H. Ibbott and are available on microfilm at the Kitchener Public Library. Also at the Kitchener Public Library, on microfilm, are the Quarterly Board Minute Book (Rockwood Circuit) 1870-1886 and the Parsonage Trustee Minutes 1888-1927. Methodist Circuit Marriages 1896-1925 and Baptisms 1906-1926 have been indexed (Huber and Taylor 1991a, 1991d) and are at the Kitchener Public Library as well. *A Marriage and Burial Register 1906-1926 is also at the United Church Archives. At the Archives of Ontario: Baptisms 1906-1910; Marriages 1907; Burials 1906-1910. Wesleyan Methodist Baptisms for Waterloo County c.1830-c.1874 are in an indexed card file at the Kitchener Public Library.
References: Gemmell, WHS 1960(48):67; Methodist Church; A. Taylor 1970:257; R. Taylor 1986.
Church History: Knox United Church, Ayr, Ontario, 1834-1984.1a
1aAmbrose, Rosemary. Waterloo County Churches A Research Guide to Churches Established Before 1900. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada: Waterloo-Wellington Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, 1993 (used by permission of author Rosemary Ambrose).