Old Hay Bay Church is the oldest surviving Methodist building in Canada. It was erected in 1792 by settlers, including United Empire Loyalists, who had recently arrived and established the community of Adolphustown (in modern-day Greater Napanee). Here, one can imagine, travelling saddlebag preachers thundered forth in their sermons. Here local residents gathered for worship and fellowship at Canada's first Methodist camp meeting in 1805.
The building was enlarged in 1835, used as a farmer’s barn when the congregation built a new church in Adolphustown, c. 1860, and reacquired for church use in the early 20th century by the Methodists, (continuing, after union in 1925, as The United Church of Canada). The church, land, and its nearby cemetery were designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 2001. Likewise, the church has also been officially recognized as an Ontario Historic Site.
An annual worship service is held in the church on the fourth Sunday afternoon every August.
Peter Milliken - Guest Speaker, Old Hay Bay Church - August 24, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
Hon. Peter Milliken, P.C.
Member of Parliament for Kingston-and-the-Islands, 1988-2011- longest-serving MP in Kingston's history.Speaker of the House of Commons, 2001-2011- longest-serving Speaker in House of Commons history.Appointed to the Privy Council in 2012
Member of the Board of Trustees, Chalmers United Church, Kingston- former member of both Junior and Senior choirs at Chalmers U.C.
2003 appointed Honorary President of United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada2003-2005 Honorary Commander of the Fort Henry Guard
Queen’s University Fellow in the School of Policy StudiesReceived Padre Laverty Award from Queen’s University Alumni Association, Kingston Branch, 1997Received Agnes Benidickson Award from Ottawa Branch, Queens’ U. Alumni Association, 1999Honorary Doctorates of Laws:State University New York., at Potsdam; Queen’s University, Kingston; McGill University, Montreal;University of Victoria, and the Royal Military College, Kingston