Owen Sound

Owen Sound is three hours North of Grimsby, along Highway #6. I began my ministry in Classis Huron thirty-three years ago, in First Christian Reformed Church in Guelph. I didn’t realize Owen Sound went by the same name. I don’t even have memories of going up to Owen Sound, for Classis meetings or Pulpit Supply, or funerals or weddings. I always thought it was way up there, two hours North of Guelph. Sue and I have been up there a number of times now looking at homes. We are learning that some of you have relatives up there and it’s actually a very nice drive. You drive through Fergus, and Arthur, and Kenilworth, and Mount Forest, and Orchardville, and Varney, and Durham, and Dornoch, and Williamsford, and Chatsworth, before you finally arrive into Owen Sound. At this time of the year you’ll find plowed and planted fields and farms along the way. There is a stretch of Mennonite country with clothes hanging outside on the line to dry, and buggy’s pulled by horses along the way. Owen Sound is built around “Owen’s” sound of water, in Georgian Bay, with the Sydenham and Pottawatomi Rivers dividing the town into, East of the river and West. It has a population of 24,000, much like the size of Grimsby, yet has many of the large box stores, a major hospital and college campus, as it serves so many of the smaller hamlets, villages, and neighboring communities in the surrounding area. They have their own Junior A Hockey Franchise along with an Ontario Lacrosse Team. First Christian Reformed Church sits on the West side of town, on Forth Ave, close to the Niagara Escarpment. The congregation has three dairy farmers, three or four doctors, white collar and blue collar workers, small businessmen, mechanics, realtors, and retired folk. People who grow up in Bruce and Grey County tend to return to the county because of their love for the area. We’ve come to realize that what first seemed so far away, is really not that far. Our last Sunday here is presently scheduled for July 7th, and we hope to start our new ministry September 1st. We find ourselves looking more and more forward to the move and the opportunity to explore another beautiful portion of this magnificent province. If you’ve never been to Owen Sound, you may want to check it out for yourself. And give us a call, because we just might want to show you around.         Pastor Sid

Karin Terpstra