Oakland church is sold

By Michael-Allan Marion, Brantford Expositor

OAKLAND – The congregation at Oakland United Church are immersed in bittersweet sentiment as they contemplate the future now that their red-brick hall of worship has been sold.

The venerable building at 154 Oakland St. has been sold for the asking price of $229,000 to Victoria Iarocci, Jayne Carman, who chairs the Oakland church council, confirmed Tuesday.

“She’s local, she lives in Brant County a few kilometres from the church,” said Carman.

Iarocci has announced no concrete plans for the building yet.

The congregation has put the proceeds in the bank and is working on a plan to use it for an outreach program, with details still to be sorted out, said Carman.

The Oakland congregation has long prided itself on having a good community outreach dimension in its spirituality, she said.

In more recent times, faced with dwindling numbers and high upkeep costs for the building, the Oakland congregation has contemplated making major change.

That includes working on a joint program with neighbouring Scotland United Church in which they share a minister and take turns meeting for services together in either church. Members of the Oakland congregation were meeting in Scotland church but both will be in Oakland church through August.

“We will be worshipping together on a last service in our church on Sept. 3 at 10:30 a.m.,” said Carman.

“It will be an important occasion.”

Both congregations are also in the process of choosing a new minister after the recent retirement of Rev. Brian R. Elder.