HISTORY OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANISTOTA
The United Church of Canistota is a combination of three congregations. The Methodist and Presbyterian congregations started joint worship services in Canistota in January of 1966. The Riverside Methodist Church joined in common worship in February of 1967. During this period, the church schools and youth groups were combined and plans for a corporate merger were made. The women formed a common group called "The United Women's Society". In June 1969, the three churches were united and official by-laws and corporation papers were approved and filed.
On June 14, 1970, a groundbreaking ceremony was held. The construction plans for the new church building included a sanctuary, fellowship hall, study, church office, kitchen, library and six classrooms.
On October 16, 1994 a ground breaking ceremony was held for an addition of classrooms for adults, Jr. and Sr. high youth, new library, wheelchair accessible restroom, enlarged sanctuary, fellowship hall, kitchen and storage. The dedication of this addition was June 4, 1995.