Our Story

Founded in 1883 in what was then “the rural district of Fort Rouge”, we now sit in the most densely populated neighbourhood in Winnipeg. Crescent Fort Rouge began as a mission church of Grace Methodist, and was the first Protestant church south of the Assiniboine River. The present building was completed in 1911, during Winnipeg’s greatest land boom. In 1925, we joined the newly born United Church of Canada.  1937 saw the union of Fort Rouge United and Crescent Congregational to form Crescent Fort Rouge United Church.

Reflecting our Methodist roots, literacy and education were the focus of our early ministry, and Sunday School for all ages offered opportunities to learn in a time and place when few went to school. The nurture of faith was so important that, when the current building was erected, it was the Sunday School auditorium that took priority – the sanctuary was built at a later date.

Children and youth were well served, not only by Christian Education programs, but also Cubs, Scouts (Marshall McLuhan attended), Brownies, Guides, girls’ gymnasium classes, badminton, swim, hockey and basketball teams. In the Depression era when no one had money to go on dates, Youth gatherings in churches were huge and life-long friendships established. Today, we still offer Sunday school and Youth Group, and are experimenting with other ways of passing on the faith.

Crescent Fort Rouge United Church is an inspiring place – over the years, six people from our congregation have answered the call to become diaconal or ordained ministers in the United Church of Canada.

Response to community needs has been the hallmark of Crescent Fort Rouge United Church. Offering space to a school during the great flood of 1950, caring for the elderly and shut-ins, after-school programs, sex ed. programs, raising money in support of oversees crises like earthquake and famine, housing for seniors, mental health supports – all are part of our story. We have sponsored refugees from Hungary, Viet Nam, Uganda, Ethiopia and Somalia, and once supported a Pakistani family of eight (six children!) in sanctuary in our building until their refugee claim could be resolved.

Music and the arts feed our own spirits, and the spirits of the wider community. Our Casavant Freres pipe organ and our Sunday morning choir offer worship music that is uplifting and wide-ranging. We are proud that our sanctuary is the performance venue for a wide variety of Winnipeg’s arts community.

"I don’t know if I believe in God or not, but for an hour a week, this is a good place to think about that."


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Crescent Fort Rouge United Church

525 Wardlaw Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
. Ph: 204-475-6011 . Email Us