If you are interested in being married at Seabreeze United Church, near Dwight please contact the Minister.
Seabreeze is open for Worship at 10 am during July and August, only.
Interesting Facts & History:
In 1897, a small frame church was erected on the east shore of Ten Mile Bay. James Gideon Burk and his wife Harriet contributed land for the building and adjoining graveyard and hence parcel # 903 became the church lot as transferred to the Methodist Church of Canada. Local families donated lumber and supplies together with their labour over the two years of construction from 1896 to 1897. Many of the pioneer families of Ten Mile Bay, the Irwins, Robsons, Burk, Hamilton, Dales, Chevalier, Boothbys, Dillons played pivotal roles in the earlysupport, administration and operation of the church. With church union in 1925, the United Church of Canada assumed ownership of the property and the church’s name went through another revision, as it would again in 1963.
1897 Lakeside Methodist Church
1925 Birkendale United Church
1963 Seabreeze Community Church
No doubt, the biggest change in the church’s appearance came about in 1963 when the interior was extensively renovated by a willing group of cottagers. Using the Gothic-style hand-carved oak woodwork,which had been removed from Toronto’s Deer Park United Church during its major renovation, a new chancel wall, rail, pulpit, and window trims were installed. Donations of materials and money helped furnish the flooring, wall curtains, embroidered pulpit cloth, bible book mark, wooden cross and collection trays.
A new coat of paint, a signboard at the road, planter barrels, a new porch and roof, and the question of closing the church was put to rest. By 1997, the centennial of the church, the Lake of Bays Heritage Award was presented to this 100-year-old church. To add to the celebration, a bell tower was constructed and the gifted “tanker” bell was installed. Former Seabreeze resident, Captain Smeltzer of Imperial Oil Marine Division, gave the bell from a decommissioned freighter. The Seabreeze Community Church remains as a centrepiece for the beach, supported by an active church committee devoted to supplying its programs and cottagers who attend. Although the cemetery is inactive, it speaks for the past through the markers and gravestones which the history of the early church. View historical images
News & Information
All are welcome to come out and enjoy! Bring a friend for great food and fellowship!
Enjoy an outdoor service with the community in Dorset on two special occasions! Sunday at the cottage poster (view poster)
Recent Meeting Minutes
November 17, 2015 (pdf)