Knox St. Paul’s celebrates 10 years

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By Nick Seebruch
Knox St. Paul’s celebrates 10 years
Pictured from left-to-right: Back Row: Dawn Ostler, Susan, Emily-Ann Blois, Mylah Labelle, Rev. Erin McIntyre, Ethan Major. Front Row: Isaaz Blois, Dominic McIntyre and Jayden Major (Nick Seebruch/ Seaway News).

CORNWALL, Ontario – Knox St. Paul’s United Church celebrated their 10 year anniversary at their current location on Twelfth St. in Cornwall on Sunday, Sept. 8 with a congregational lunch.

“To me it speaks of resiliency,” said Rev. Erin McIntyre. “Someone said to me today, ‘what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.’ Moving churches can decimate a congregation, but not only have we survived, but we have thrived.”

Also thriving is the congregation’s Sunday School program, run by Dawn Ostler. Ostler had been a Sunday School teacher for 20 years, and returned to Knox St. Paul’s this past spring after a hiatus.

“There is nothing more innocent than children, and I think there is some selfishness to this, because I love their innocence and there is not a lot of innocence in the world right now,” she said.

Ostler explained that she feels that Sunday School provides an early opportunity for children to learn and make choices. She said that her curriculum often follows the sermons that the adults hear upstairs.

“Today, I talked about the Creation, and connected that discussion to flora and fauna and sustainability,” said Ostler.

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