Gordon Head United Church was a new congregation “planted” in this community in 1961 by the national church – a small group of faithful United Church folk began gathering in the Gordon Head Community Hall on April 9th, and by November were in their own building on Torquay Drive. The congregation was partnered with Cordova Bay United, and both churches were supported in part by mission support grants and shared one paid minster.
In the summer of 1972, the church building was moved to San Juan Avenue, and became part of the St. Dunstan’s (Anglican) complex. Both congregation shared the use of the building for the next ten years. In 1977, Gordon Head United Church became a single point charge (no longer sharing with Cordova Bay) and on May 2, 1982, we had our first service in our new building at 4201 Tyndall Avenue. The building was officially dedicated to God’s service on September 26, 1982.
Since those early days, Gordon Head United Church has experienced the ups and downs of community life. There have been (and continue to be) highs ans lows in terms of leadership, participation, attendance – staff comes and goes- and through it all, we affirm that God is with us.
Currently, Gordon Head United is in the process of amalgamating with Cadboro Bay United Church. This process began in July 2015, by December 2015 services will cease to exist at Gordon Head United and we will become one family with Cadboro Bay United Church. Our motto is “together we can do more” and we feel this new relationship will allow us to do more together for the community.
In the United Church of Canada, we affirm several doctrinal statements. One favourite is called “A New Creed”
We are not alone, we live in God’s world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence,
to live with respect in Creation
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone.
Thanks be to God!