Topsail United Church

2426 Topsail Road
Conception Bay South NL  A1W 2K1

Phone: 709-834-4567

Topsail United Church

Topsail United Church – “The Church by The Side of The Road” – had its beginning in 1837 with the formation of a small Wesleyan Methodist Meeting House. But even before this, the early settlers, with assistance from visiting clergy from St. John’s, had been holding church services in various homes throughout the small community. Land for the Meeting House was donated by the Butler family, and this land, overlooking the picturesque Conception Bay, was large enough for a cemetery as well. Throughout 1836, people of the community worked hard to erect a small church – a modest building measuring 30 ft. x 18 ft. and constructed from local timber.

By 1860 though, this little church was getting too small for the growing congregation, and it was decided to construct a larger church building. This new building was opened in 1871 and contained two rooms – the church sanctuary and the Sunday School. Services were conducted by Rev. William Faulkner, minister of Gower Street Church in St. John’s. This little church became a well known landmark throughout Newfoundland and was given the name “The Church by The Side of The Road.” The name remains to this day.

In 1886 the Topsail Church hired its first resident minister, The Rev. Dr. Mark Fenwick, and at the 1886 session of the Newfoundland Conference of the Methodist Church of Canada the Topsail church was constituted as a separate parish or, as it was called in those days, a separate circuit. Under the ministry of Rev. Fenwick a minister’s residence was started but was not completed until after the arrival, some three years later, of the Rev. Samuel Snowden. In 1925 the Topsail Methodist Church, along with all other Methodist churches in Newfoundland, joined the newly established union with the United Church of Canada.

As time passed, the Topsail congregation once again outgrew their little church and the decision was made to construct yet another new edifice. This new larger building, which exists to the present time, was opened for worship in 1977. the old brass bell, rung so faithfully by people like Harold Somerton and Bert Perry, was moved from the old church, and still rings out from its tower on Sunday morning as it has done for all these many years. So, too, the Church’s message of salvation, of love and hope, still echoes loud and clear from the sanctuary.

In the Spring of 2002, the manse was sold and the offices were moved into the Church. Additional space was added to the back of the building; including a new kitchen, caretaker's closet and a coat check in the basement and stairs leading up the new offices for the minister and office administrator along with a new Conference Room and choir closets.

Topsail United Church - "the church by the side of the road" - is a congregation of The United Church of Canada. We are located at 2426 Topsail Road (between Monument Rd and Spruce Hill Rd). Join us Sunday mornings at 10:30am!

The Mission of Topsail United Church is:
-To offer to all the opportunity to come to know God as revealed in Jesus Christ;
-To grow in faith through worship, study and prayer;
-To care for each other and all of God’s creation; and
-To encourage and empo

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Founded: 1837
Parking: Parking Lot

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Past Events

Easter Communion Service

Easter Communion Service
08:00 am - 01 April 2018

At Topsail United Church

Good Friday Fish Cake Lunch

Good Friday Fish Cake Lunch
11:30 am - 30 March 2018

At Topsail United Church

Our annual Good Friday Fish Cake Lunch, hosted by the Coffee Group, will take place on Friday, March 30 @ 11:30 am, following our Good Friday Devotional Service...

Palm Sunday Service

Palm Sunday Service
10:30 am - 25 March 2018

At Topsail United Church

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
08:00 am - 24 March 2018

At Topsail United Church

The Men's Club presents their annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 24, 8-11 am. Cost $8 Adults, Children 12 & under $4. Come enjoy the usual...

Traditional Christmas Eve Service

Traditional Christmas Eve Service
08:00 pm - 24 December 2017

At Topsail United Church

One of three Christmas Eve Services (plus the morning Advent service), our Traditional Christmas Eve Service takes place at 8pm with the Mixed Choir. All services...

Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Service
06:00 pm - 24 December 2017

At Topsail United Church

One of three Christmas Eve services. This service is catered towards families and is lead by the youth as well as members of the inspiration Band All services...

4:00 Family Christmas Eve Service

4:00 Family Christmas Eve Service
04:00 pm - 24 December 2017

At Topsail United Church

One of three Christmas Eve services. This service is catered towards young families and includes a telling of the Christmas story. Children along with members of...

Longest Night Service

Longest Night Service
07:00 pm - 21 December 2017

At Topsail United Church

Vey & Reynolds Christmas Concert

Vey & Reynolds Christmas Concert
07:00 pm - 11 December 2017

At Topsail United Church

Topsail United Church are hosting a Vey & Reynolds Christmas Concert With Special Guests. Food Bank Donations are Gratefully Accepted. Tickets are $12 for Adults...

Annual Breakfast with Santa

Annual Breakfast with Santa
08:00 am - 09 December 2017

At Topsail United Church

Join us for our Annual Breakfast with Santa, hosted by the Men's Club. Saturday, December 9, 8-11am. Adults $8, Children under 12 $4. Come and enjoy face painting,...

Harvest Festival Online Auction - Open Oct. 9-26

Harvest Festival Online Auction - Open Oct. 9-26
10:59 am - 26 October 2017

At Topsail United Church

Register now to bid on our 2nd Annual Online Auction! BIDDING BEGINS MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 at 8am and CLOSES THURDAY, OCTOBER 26 at 11pm. Huge variety of items and services...

Harvest Festival Flea Market

Harvest Festival Flea Market
10:00 am - 21 October 2017

At Topsail United Church

Our popular Flea Market is always packed with items for everyone! Admission only $1. Please bring your own reusable shopping bags. Flea Market donations may be brought...

An Evening With Kevin Collins

An Evening With Kevin Collins
07:30 pm - 13 October 2017

At Topsail United Church

Mark your calendar and get your tickets for this wonderful evening of music with Kevin Collins, featuring Ray Walsh! Tickets $25 available by calling the Church...

Harvest Festival Lunch & Sale

Harvest Festival Lunch & Sale
11:00 am - 09 October 2017

At Topsail United Church

Drop by for a home made soup lunch with roll, desserts and tea/coffee. Tickets $8 available at the door. All welcome! There will be baked goods, preserves and other...

Thanksgiving Worship

Thanksgiving Worship
10:30 am - 08 October 2017

At Topsail United Church

Thanksgiving Breakfast

Thanksgiving Breakfast
08:00 am - 07 October 2017

At Topsail United Church

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