Perth Road Village is a rural community, located approximately 23 km north of Kingston, Ontario. During the summer months, the area population increases, as does church attendance, as people move into their cottages to enjoy relaxation and recreation. Perth Road Village has a large community hall that is widely used for events such as dinners, musical events, Tuesday lunches, euchres, meetings and receptions. There is also a small Township hall that is located in Harris Memorial Park, used by weekly euchre competitions and a women's craft group.
The Village has a convenience store, postal outlet and a well respected Volunteer Fire Department. is a seniors residence is located just north of Perth Road Village. Recreational attractions in the area include numerous lakes and the Westport tourism area. The scenery is stunning. Perth Road Public School is located just outside the Village, with an additional Public School and a High School in the neighbouring Village of Sydenham, (approximately 15 minutes to the west). Sydenham has a vast array of services including a bank, grocery store, hardware store, medical and dental facilities, veterinary services, hair salons, restaurants and a library.
Perth Road Village is less than 30 minutes from Kingston where residents have easy access to educational facilities such as
Kingston also offers hospitals, libraries, shopping centres, live theatre, countless restaurants and cinemas, etc. Our residents make up a broad demographic and socioeconomic mix.
Our extended community provides a range of services and many recreational and educational opportunities. Kingston, Ottawa and even Toronto and Montreal are within a three hour drive, makes this area of Ontario unique. The lake country between Kingston and Perth is a jewel being quickly discovered as one of the most desirable, and still affordable recreational areas in Ontario. We enjoy some of the most unblemished natural environment in southern Canada. Frontenac Provincial Park is in our backyard, as well as one of the best hiking trails in eastern Ontario the Cataraqui Trail.
OUR PASTORAL CHARGE
In 1925, Perth Road district became a Circuit of the United Church of Canada. At that time, it was a five-point charge - Wilmur Church (1877), Leland Church (where services were held in the schoolhouse), Lake Opinicon (1877), Maple Leaf (schoolhouse), and Perth Road, where a Sunday School Hall was built that also held Sunday worship.
As membership dwindled, Maple Leaf, Lake Opinicon and Leland were closed. In 1952, Lake Opinicon church was torn down and re-built in Perth Road Village to become the new church for the whole charge. It was dedicated and officially opened on the first Sunday in August 1953. The Sunday School Hall, which had served as the church, was moved to the lot next door when the new road was built through the village. Wilmur church was left as it was, to be used for Annual Cemetery Memorial Services, and other special services. There is presently a committee that does restoration and upkeep work to the Wilmur Church through donations.
In July 1962, Perth Road was amalgamated with Grace United Church at Sydenham to become a two-point charge. Perth Road United has been functioning separately since July 1, 2001.
The Free Methodist Church in Perth Road Village closed in the last few years, leaving Perth Road United as the only church in our community. We feel we have been gifted with a unique ministry and an opportunity to extend our vision to a changing community. We are slowly drawing new people to our church through our outreach events, such as Sunday School programs, Friday night Family movies, and our Community Choir. We also benefit from the broader United Church family of active congregations in the surrounding communities of Westport, Inverary, Sydenham, Glenburnie and Battersea, as we support and encourage each other in many ways.