Knox United Church (Scarborough)
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|Knox United Church|
|Location||2569 Midland Avenue
|Denomination||United Church of Canada|
|Website||Knox United Agincourt|
|Minister(s)||Rev. Rob Selby|
|Pastor(s)||Paul Neary (Pastor Emeritus)|
The Knox United Church, began as Knox Presbyterian Church in Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, in a wood frame church built in 1848, the result of the Church of Scotland disruption, that led to the formation of the Presbyterian Church of Canada in Connection with the Free Church of Scotland.
Elder William Clarke, Sr., was one of the group who withdrew from the "Auld Kirk" at the Synod Meeting held in Kingston, Canada West in July, 1844; his Minister, Rev. James George, and much of the Presbyterian Church at Scarborough in Connection with the Church of Scotland (now St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Scarborough) remained.
The original Knox Congregation (named after Scottish Church reformer John Knox) met first with another congregation located in York Mills, until settling in the developing Scarborough Township village of Agincourt.
40 local residents became the first communicants of Knox Presbyterian Church, originally known as "Knox's Church Scarboro".
In 1853, it became the centre of the "Scarborough Township Pastoral Charge", along with Melville (formed 1851) in West Hill, Zion Church, Cedar Grove (formed 1855), in Markham Township, Chalmers Church, York Town Line (1863–1890), and other occasional preaching points.
By 1883, Knox Church had grown to become a single-point charge.
With a growing membership, the current brick church was built in 1872.
This church still stands at the corner of Sheppard Avenue East and Midland Avenue, surrounded by a large cemetery containing many early settlers, and a number of prominent Church leaders.
In 1925, this Presbyterian congregation voted 136-106 to be part of the new United Church of Canada. A number of members left to form a "Continuing" Knox Presbyterian Church, now located nearby at 4156 Sheppard Avenue East.
The Christian Education Centre was added in the 1950s.
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