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Altona Christian Missionary Church building as it appeared in 2003.
Photo by John Sabean for the Pickering-Ajax Digital Archive.

The Altona Christian-Missionary Church, located four miles (6.5 km) east of Stouffville on the South side of Uxbridge-Pickering Townline near 2nd Concession. The congregation began in 1872 as a division from the Dickson Hill congregation, due to the distance that some members had to travel. The new group erected a building in 1875 together with a local Christian Church. Thus the initial building was a union meetinghouse.

For 80 years the Sunday school was jointly operated by the two congregations--Sunday school was held on Sunday mornings, with separate worship services held Sunday evening on an alternating basis.

In late 1955 the members of the Christian became members of what was by then the Altona United Missionary congregation. The new congregation became known as the Altona Christian United Missionary Church. The joint congregation had about 80 members at that time. In 1968, in conformity with the denomination, the word "United" was dropped from the name.

In 1980 the church closed and the remaining 55 members became part of the Stouffville Missionary Church. The building stood empty for many years, and then was used as a Christian school for a time. It was demolished in July 2012.

Early leaders included Daniel Barkey, Menno Nighswander and Abraham Reesor. The congregation was always English-speaking.

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Altona Christian-Missionary Church, 1875-1976.

Sabean, John W. "Altona Christian Missionary Church." Pickering-Ajax Digital Archives. 8 December 2015. http://www.pada.ca/books/details/?id=2098.


Author(s) Everek R. Storms
Sam Steiner
Date Published December 2015


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Storms, Everek R. and Sam Steiner. "Altona Christian-Missionary Church (Stouffville, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2015. Web. 8 Feb 2016. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Altona_Christian-Missionary_Church_(Stouffville,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=133071.

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Storms, Everek R. and Sam Steiner. (December 2015). Altona Christian-Missionary Church (Stouffville, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 8 February 2016, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Altona_Christian-Missionary_Church_(Stouffville,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=133071.




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