Our History

(12) He was a member of the first church. The Munro family monuments are in the present churchyard surrounded by their original ornamental iron fence.

The rededication service of the restored Church occurred in October 1959 and was presided over by The Right Reverend Ernest S. Reed, Bishop of Ottawa. The church was packed and the resplendent old church was re-named Holy Trinity Memorial Church. The church had been taken down stone by stone, and re-constructed about one mile north and a quarter mile east of its previous location, but still on part of the original Crown Land Grant which was to serve the original band of United Empire Loyalists in co-worship and was eventually given to the Anglican Church. The old historic memorials were replaced within the church and the ancient stone foundations were used in the reconstruction. The old Celtic Cross still adorns the peak of the fine copper roof. A memorial box, placed within the original dating stone was recovered and replaced after other papers covering the restoration were inserted along with present coins of the realm.

Another interesting event took place on June 24, 1964. On this day Mr. H.S. Honsberger, President of the Dominion Council of the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada announced that the Council had approved the naming of Holy Trinity Memorial Church as an official United Empire Loyalist Memorial Church. Bishop Ernest S. Reed officiated at the ceremonies attended by a large congregation. The ceremony attended by a wide range of Loyalist descendants was a fine example of Christian unity.

In 1966 a United Empire Loyalist Museum was opened in the basement of Holy Trinity. The Museum was named The Lychgate Parish Museum and displayed a variety of artifacts, documents and relies that pertained to the pioneer period as well as an impressive array of exotic memorabilia from the rich and famous. In addition, there was a huge map of the area showing the region before the arrival of the Seaway. This museum was the achievement of Miss Phyllis Jowett and Mr. Edward Munro. The museum continued for a few years.

In 1974, the Parish of Morrisburg with its two sister churches, St. James’, Morrisburg, and Holy Trinity, Riverside Heights, was amalgamated with St. John the Baptist, Iroquois and became the Parish of Morrisburg-Iroquois. For many years the congregation at Holy Trinity has been quite small, but always very loyal in support of their Church and the work of the Gospel in this place and beyond. For several years only one service was held at the church each month with services every second week during the months of July and August. More recently, a service is held on the first and third Sundays of each month at 11:00 a.m. and on feast days. An annual joint service of the three congregations in the parish is usually held in late June or early July. For several years the Morrisburg Co-operative Nursery School occupied the basement of the Church.

In recent years the interior of the church has been painted a blend of cool green shades and a new electric piano was purchased in 2001 to replace the now outdated and defective electronic organ. There has been some growth in the congregation in the past five years. There are currently 25 families and individuals on the congregational membership list and 50 members in the congregation.