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​St. Matthew's was the first church in Florence, fully established in 1843. By 1994, it was the last remaining church in the village. The lovely neo-gothic brick church building was carefully maintained over the years, but by 2024 the utilities and insurance made it too expensive to keep open. But we had a hall. That hall, across the road from the church, was built in 1994. A modern and attractive facility, it remains open for worship, outreach, and for bookings by community groups and families. At present we don't know what will happen with the big brick church building.

Dawn-Euphemia is a township in southwestern Ontario, Canada, in Lambton County. Residents primarily are employed by the agricultural industry, or by local industries such as Union Gas distribution centre, along with various smaller agricultural manufacturers or service providers. The township municipal office is located in Rutherford.


    Mailing Address
    St. Matthew's Church
    PO Box 219
    Thamesville, ON
    N0P 2K0

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    Major transportation routes include Cairo Road and Oil Heritage Road directed north–south, and Bentpath Line and Lambton Line running east–west. One elementary school serves the area, Dawn-Euphemia School. Students attend secondary school in nearby Petrolia and Dresden, both of which serve as local service centres for residents. The township comprises the communities of Aberfeldy, Aughrim, Beaver Meadow, Bentpath, Cairo, Cuthbert, Dawn, Dawn Valley, Edys Mills, Florence, Garville, Huffs Corners, Langbank, Oakdale, Rutherford and Shetland.

    The Western Ontario Pacific Railway was constructed through the southeastern corner of the township in 1890. The Western Ontario Pacific was an arm's length subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Railway, which sought to connect its railway empire directly to Windsor and Detroit, rather than through the American-owned Canada Southern Railway at St. Thomas. The Township of Dawn-Euphemia was formed in 2001 from a merger of the Township of Dawn, and Township of Euphemia. In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Dawn-Euphemia had a population of 1,968 living in 766 of its 824 total private dwellings, a change of 0.1% from its 2016 population of 1,967. With a land area of 445.14 km2 (171.87 sq mi), it had a population density of 4.4/km2 (11.5/sq mi) in 2021.



    Shirley Sewell (Warden)
    Evelyn Bilton (Warden)
    Lawrene Denkers (Clerk)
    Lawrene Denkers (Treasurer)
    Mary Emerick (Parish Officer)
    Judy VanRooyen (Parish Officer)
    Martha Mawlam (Parish Officer)


    Shirley Sewell (Pianist)