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The Bible Christian Church

The Bible Christian Church

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

The Bible Christian Church

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted March, 2007

Plaque Location

The Region of Durham
The Municipality of Clarington
In Courtice, at the southeast corner of
Courtice Road (Road 34) and Bloor Street (Road 22)
in front of a church


Coordinates: N 43 53.805 W 78 46.284

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Plaque Text

Perhaps the most fervent of the Methodist sects, the Bible Christian Church was formed in southwestern England in 1815 and established in Upper Canada during the 1830s. Served by itinerant preachers, its small but loyal membership increased gradually, largely among British emigrants from Devon and Cornwall who had settled in rural areas in Northumberland, Durham and Huron Counties. In 1855 the Canadian mission, noted, as was the parent English body, for its emphasis upon lay-ministerial co-operation in church government, became an independent conference and by 1870 numerous chapels, including this structure, had been built. However, inability to gain support in emerging urban centres and mounting financial difficulties arrested the sect's growth. In 1884 the Bible Christian Church entered into a union with other Methodist bodies.

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