Serving Our Community

Hope Garden

Hope GardenOur Hope Garden has been growing vegetables for food banks for several years and now serves the West Muskoka Food Bank which operates out of our church. The garden, facing the highway, was first suggested by congregation  members Terry and Marilyn Chute. Yoke Chan, right, a Toronto landscape gardener and owner of a heritage stone church in Bala, designed our original Hope Garden and has been in charge of it ever since then.

Making a joyful noise unto the Lord

Singing with migrant workersSinging has been an important part of every service since First Muskoka Congregational Church began in December, 1988. Choir director Edna Gostick was holding an impromptu sing-along with Jamaican migrant workers from the nearby Red Leaves resort when this photograph was taken in the church’s downstairs fellowship area a few years ago.

Church pianist and international ragtime performer

Jack HuttonJack HuttonThe church’s pianist, Jack Hutton, leads a double life. He has played for our congregation for two decades, but outside the church he is an internationally known ragtime pianist, composer and historian. He performs frequently at the Gravenhurst Opera House, ragtime festivals in the U.S. and on Muskoka steamboat cruises. Visitors enjoy the ragtime flavour that often accompanies the Sunday hymns.

Come and join our weekly Bible study

First Muskoka Congregational Christian ChurchPastor John leads a weekly Bible study at our church each Friday morning. The group has been focusing on Life Principles for Daily Living.

Have fun as part of the Santa Claus parade each fall

Choir in the Santa Claus ParadeFrom its beginnings, the church’s congregation has enjoyed being part of community activities. For many years the church sponsored a float in the annual Bala Santa Claus Parade with members of its choir singing familiar Christmas carols. A prominent sign on the float says it all: “Jesus is the reason for the season”.

West Muskoka Food Bank

West Muskoka Food BankThe food bank is a Muskoka Ministerial joint effort to serve families from Bala, Port Carling, Glen Orchard, Torrance and Wahta.

It is now operated from the basement of the Glen Orchard Community Centre every Thursday evening from 6 – 8 pm and every Friday from 9 – 11 am