Our congregation was founded in the early 1830’s when the first Methodist settlers of this area of City of Kawartha Lakes (Verulam Township) began holding worship services in the home of Henry V. Thurston. The original timber frame church, a part of our present church hall, was built over the years 1860-63. We became part of the Bobcaygeon Methodist circuit that extended from Kinmount South, including Fenelon Falls to within three miles of Lindsay.
With a flourishing congregation, it was decided to build again and in 1886 our present brick church was erected. Historical documents were placed underneath the cornerstone of the foundation for future generations to enjoy.
With the birth of the United Church of Canada in 1925, the Dunsford Methodist Church and Dunsford Presbyterian Church congregations joined together as Dunsford United Church. The Presbyterian Church was sold to a local family and to this day, it provides a home to one of Dunsford’s families. Dunsford United and Salem-Emily United operated as a two point Pastoral Charge for many years.
The original church was renovated and rebuilt as the church hall in 1951. In 1966, the Salem-Emily congregation decided to close their church and join with Dunsford. A long relationship with Trinity United in Bobcaygeon began in 1969 as part of the Bobcaygeon Pastoral Charge. Building renovations had been made in 1968 and a new addition added later in 1980. In 2001 we restored and redecorated the sanctuary.
On April 1st 1998, we took a leap of faith to follow God’s leading and became a single point charge. The new direction gave us a new life. We are now a very dedicated, caring, and active congregation. Our congregation has grown steadily over the past few years.
On September 16th 2018, we were proud to become the first affirming ministry in Kawartha Highlands Presbytery. Rainbow banners at each door remind us to be committed in our mission statement.
New families have joined us bringing the energy of young children and the wisdom of the senior years.
We at Dunsford United are proud to say that this church is still a very important and active part of our community.
** Most of this history was taken from the 2015 Joint Needs Assessment Committee Report prepared by Dunsford United Church.