In the Presbyterian structure, the session is the meeting of the church elders, including the minister, who are in charge of overseeing the church’s affairs and representing our congregation within the regional Presbytery of Oak Ridges and the broader Presbyterian Church in Canada on issues of doctrine and church affairs.
For nearly two hundred years since Selkirk settlers left the Red River area of Manitoba following their emigration from Scotland, there has been a Presbyterian church in our area. In fact, over time, there have been five historic churches, including the Auld Kirk, the Scotch Settlement, Coulson’s Hill, Bond Head and Bradford. Over the course of the 20th century, the various churches came together as St John’s Presbyterian Church in Bradford, and our new church facility was built in 2004. Donald McGugan’s award-winning book, We Must Tell The Stories, chronicles the history of our congregation; copies are available on request from the church office.