tower200Metropolitan United Church

1818 – 2018

Metropolitan United Church has a long history of worship and service in Toronto, beginning with its Wesleyan Methodist incarnation in 1818. The first building was a small Methodist chapel located nearby on King St. In 1831, another site was acquired and a Georgian style building was opened to accommodate 1,000 people on Adelaide St. In 1868, the present block was purchased and the Metropolitan Wesleyan Methodist Church was constructed in the Gothic style by Henry Langley. The building was dedicated in 1872 and seated 2,200 people.

In 1925, Metropolitan was the chosen site of the first General Council of the United Church of Canada, a union of the Methodist, Congregational and two-thirds of the Presbyterian churches in Canada. In 1928, a fire destroyed most of the building. The front tower survived and the church was rebuilt and dedicated in 1929.

Metropolitan houses the largest pipe organ in Canada, a magnificent 8,233-pipes instrument built by Casavant Frères in Quebec. The first harmonically tuned carillon in North America was installed and first played in 1922. It comprised 23 bells. Later, 12 more bells were added. Today, its 54 bells ring over the neighbourhood each Sunday.

Metropolitan is an Affirming Congregation,

welcoming people of all sexual orientations to worship and minister with us. We have a rich tradition of worship and music as well as deep connections to our community.

Please join in celebrating our 200th Anniversary


A Great Light

Light is a “given”: illumination, clarity, vision, insight, wonder, range, direction, companionship and hope. All are spin-offs from light. Light shone upon the Rev. John Wesley on a dark London street centuries ago, awakening him to the power of faith. Over the years thousands of hungry hearts have caught its beams.

Twenty decades ago the light in Wesley’s eyes sparkled here in Toronto. The Metropolitan Church is its child. “Tradition, Scripture, Reason, and Experience,” Wesley’s anchors, are ours today. We are grateful for the unfailing light, proud of our witness to it, and anxious to welcome new people to its warmth. You are “children of the light and of the day.” Time does not diminish our common brightness.

By The Rev. Dr. G. Malcolm Sinclair,

Minister of the Congregation



The 200th Anniversary Year of Metropolitan United Church


Sunday, January 14 at 11:00 a.m.

Anniversary Worship Service

Formal Launch of the Anniversary Year

‘Looking Back Looking Forward’ preacher:

The Rev. Dr. S. Peter Wyatt, former Principal

of Emmanuel College and Professor Emeritus.


Friday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m.

A Great Light: Discussion Series

Dr. Patricia Wright, Minister of Music,

Metropolitan United Church and Saya Ojiri,

Wayne C. Vance Organ Scholar,

Metropolitan United Church.


Friday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m.

A Great Light: Discussion Series

Dr. Phyllis D. Airhart, Interim Principal

and Professor of History of Christianity,

Emmanuel College.


Friday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m.

A Great Light: Discussion Series

Dr. Stephen Hwang, MD, Director, Centre for

Urban Health Solutions, St Michael’s Hospital.


Friday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m.

A Great Light: Discussion Series

The Rev. Dr. G. Malcolm Sinclair, Minister of

the Congregation, Metropolitan United Church.


Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Annual Good Friday Concert

‘Mass in B Minor’ by Johann Sebastian

Bach. The Metropolitan Festival Choir and

Orchestra and soloists.


Sunday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Special Evening Service

and Reception

Welcoming United Church of Canada



Saturday and Sunday, May, 26, 27

Doors Open Toronto

Doors are open to the public to visit our

historic church with its significant Gothic

Revival architecture.


Saturday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Show Tunes for 200 Concert

Join a quartet of singers on a multi-media

journey through music for the theatre that has

crossed the world’s stages from 1818 to today.


Sunday, May 27 at 11:00 a.m.

Anniversary Worship Service

‘Where Is the Spirit Today?’ preacher: The Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, President, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, New York.

Sunday, May 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Special 200th Anniversary

Metropolitan Silver Band Concert


Wednesday, September 19

A Special Congregational Dinner

For members of Metropolitan United Church.


Sunday, September 23 at 11:00 a.m.

Anniversary Worship Service

‘A Focus on Community’ preacher:

The Rev. Dr. Catherine MacLean, Senior Minister, St. Paul‘s United Church, Edmonton, Alberta.


Sunday, September 23 at 12:15 p.m.

Our Annual Fall Fair

Celebrating community with our heritage

partners with specially commissioned

carillon music and arts activities.


Sunday, September 30 at 11:00 a.m.

Worldwide Communion

Special Metropolitan communion with music.


Sunday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Special Evening Service


Friday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Anniversary Organ Concert

Dr. Ryan Jackson, William S. Perper

Director of Music & Fine Arts Ministries,

Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church,

New York, New York.


Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Arts Event and Reception

A multi-media event presenting the history of

Metropolitan with drama, music and visuals.


Sunday, November 4 at 11:00 a.m.

Anniversary Worship Service

The Rev. Dr. G. Malcolm Sinclair, Minister

of the Congregation, Metropolitan United

Church. Special musical commissions by the

Metropolitan Choir and the Metropolitan

Silver Band.


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