Hay Bay Church

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Marilyn Whiteley on April 12, 2008

Built in 1892, this is the oldest standing Methodist meeting house in Canada. For a time it fell into disuse and served at various times as a barn or as a place for drying fishing nets. It has now been restored. In the summer it is open to visitors, and an annual worship service is held there in August.

Pepe Triton on April 13, 2008

It's a good news Marily. Thanks for sharing. Moreover, the shot is beautiful. Greetings.

Ryan Calhoun on April 13, 2008

Do the parishioners actually sit on hay bales? I've heard of churches that meet in the same room where they hold livestock auctions. Must take some getting used to!

Marilyn Whiteley on April 13, 2008

Thanks, Pepe. Yes, it is really nice to see the church in such good condition. That is the work of some very dedicated volunteers.

Ryan, there are wooden pews now. During its original time of use it's more likely that there were benches. I don't know a specific reason why the bay is called "Hay Bay" though I know someone who probably knows.

MaryAlice on April 13, 2008


This is truly beautiful, and what a wonderful history you have presented as well. Thank you so much for sharing.

Ryan, where I live, on Tuesday night I sometimes go to a little country church on the outside of the very big city, and it is held in a really large barn. Every now and then a horse will pop his head in and say hello, and they surround the outside of the barn at all times. Everyone is welcome, and most of the congregation are men who have just gotten off of a hard days work, and are still in dirty blue jeans and filthy work boots. It is the most wonderful church I have ever attended, and the best part is that it's impossible to feel out of place or uncomfortable there. I've gotten more out of that church than I have any other that I've ever attended.

We do not sit on hey though .... just little chairs all pushed together! :)

Again, Marilyn, this is a wonderful capture! I just love the shot!

Warm regards,

Mary Alice

Marilyn Whiteley on April 13, 2008

Thanks, MaryAlice. This is a wonderful building, and I was very surprised when I saw that there was not one shot of it on Panoramio. There was only one of the Blue Church which I also posted. Much of the time I try to refrain from posting shots that are competent enough photographs but are basically records of a place. In this case, however, I just had to upload this so there would be at least one photo.

I mentioned that there's one service held there each August. My secret is that several years ago, I was invited to be the preacher! It was a real thrill to preach there. (No, I'm not a minister; I'm a church historian, but I don't shy away from the very rare invitations I've had to preach.)

Best wishes, Marilyn

MaryAlice on April 13, 2008


I think it's wonderful that you posted the photograph, otherwise, I would never have known about it at all.

I can't believe you had the opportunity to actually preach there. How truly wonderful. I'm so proud of you for doing that, not being an actual preacher and all. That was very brave of you, and I'm sure it was a highlight in your life; a moment that you will probably always remember.

Thank you for sharing your secret, and again, for sharing this beautiful historic little church with me.

Goodnight for now,

Mary Alice

EVA_L on April 14, 2008

A beautiful picture, dear Marilyn, and interesting story! Best wishes. Eva

Syl de Canada on April 14, 2008

Beautiful and interesting picture and story :) Cheers Sylvie

Marilyn Whiteley on April 15, 2008

Thank you, Eva and Sylvie. And yes, Mary Alice, it was a thrill to preach in that historic church! Cheers, Marilyn

VKeith on April 15, 2008

Very interesting. Nice photo too.

Marilyn Whiteley on April 19, 2008

Thanks for your visit--though even better for you would be a visit to the place!

VKeith on April 19, 2008

I would like to. I have ancestors who came from that area to NYS across the ice of the St. Lawrence in winter! My mom has a dish that one of the ladies carried with her. At least that's the story. I love the shutters, so simple and beautiful. Does the sanctuary have second tier seating?

Reiner Dörrenbach on May 10, 2011

Very good shot of this church house! I like it! And a very interesting gallery - I think I come back to view all the shots!

Best regards from Germany, Reiner

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