Mill Woods United Church began meeting in Grace Martin School in 1974 and was officially constituted in a worship service on November 14, 1976. In 1978, it purchased land near its current location and built a house for offices and meeting space.
By 1981, the congregation was too large for Grace Martin School. It was geographically divided into First Mill Woods United Church that met in Hillview School and Southwoods United Church that met in Sakaw School. Southwoods congregation worked with the community and the school to build Southwoods Community Centre which also served as their meeting place.
First Mill Woods constructed a church building on the land adjacent to the ‘church house’ and sold the house. The church building was dedicated on May 2 1993 by the Moderator, Reverend Stan McKay. The Southwoods congregation closed in 1999 for financial reasons. Many members came to enrich First Mill Woods United Church and their arrival in 1999 was followed by a decision to change the congregation’s name back to Mill Woods United Church. It is the only United Church in the Mill Woods area.
The March 2016 edition of In Contact, the newsletter of the Alberta and Northwest Conference of the United Church, has a front-page article on members of the former Southwoods congregation. It tells of summer reunions that began in 1991 and continue to this day. Click this link to open a PDF file of the newsletter