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Kelwood-McCreary Pastoral Charge

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The Kelwood-McCreary Pastoral charge has existed since 1952, but a proposal to unite the Kelwood and McCreary fields first surfaced in 1932. In 1952, Kelwood, Norgate, McCreary, and Laurier formed a new charge, with the minister residing in a new manse at McCreary. When Norgate closed in 1966, Norgate's congregation amalgamated with Kelwood. Laurier joined the McCreary congregation when it closed to years later. The Kelwood-McCreary Pastoral charge continues to be a two-point charge consisting of Kelwood and McCreary United Churches in Agassiz Presbytery.

Whitewater Presbyterian Mission Field

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Whitewater Presbyterian Mission Field existed in the Manitoba community of Whitewater, located east of Deloraine, from 1894 to 1925. The first services in Whitewater were held in the local schoolhouse every Saturday morning in the summer of 1894 by The Rev. J. Robertson of Ninga. At the time, it was part of a charge that included Old Deloraine, Mountainside and Wassewa. The cornerstone for a stone church was laid on June 27, 1904. The youth of the congregation later raised money to add a Sunday School room and kitchen at the back of the church. Hazeldean replaced Old Deloraine and Mountainside as preaching points in 1908, although Mountainside returned in 1919 and 1920. Wassewa left the charge in 1913. In 1925, Whitewater Presbyterian Church officially joined The United Church of Canada and became Whitewater United Church.

Vine Street Presbyterian Church

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Vine Street Presbyterian Church existed in the Manitoba community of Birtle, located 150 km northwest of Brandon, from 1887 to 1917. Mr. C. Copeland, a student minister, held the first Presbyterian service on October 19, 1879. The Rev. William Hodnett was the first ordained minister to the mission in October of 1880. At this time, the charge included Birtle, Fort Ellice, Shell River, Silver Creek, Todd's, Rossburn, North Oak River (Hamiota), Findlay's Shoal Lake and Doyle's Settlement (Beulah). The first Communion service for this area was held in Birtle on September 18, 1881. Services were originally held in private homes and then later at the Town Hall. Vine Street Presbyterian Church was formally opened and dedicated on June 19, 1887. In 1898, Fort Ellice was dropped from the charge and Gnaton Hall was added. In 1917, Vine Street Presbyterian Church formed a Local Union with Birtle Methodist Church to become the Union Church of Birtle. The former Presbyterian Church continued to be used as the Union Church.

Jubilee Methodist Church

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Jubilee Methodist Church existed in the Manitoba community of Birtle, located 150 km northwest of Brandon, from 1887 to 1917. The first Methodist service was held in the home of a Captain Wood on October 12, 1879 with Mr. Henry Rose, student minister, presiding. The cornerstone for Jubilee Methodist Church was laid on July 1, 1887. In 1917, Jubilee Methodist Church formed a Local Union with Vine Street Presbyterian Church to become the Union Church of Birtle. The former Vine Street Presbyterian Church continued to be used as the Union Church. Jubilee Methodist Church was used as classrooms for day school pupils until it was torn down in 1931.

The Union Church of Birtle

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The Union Church of Birtle existed in the Manitoba community of Birtle from 1917 to 1925. Vine Street Presbyterian Church, Jubilee Methodist Church (both of Birtle), and the preaching points of Wattsview, Gnaton and Burdett formed a Local Union at a special service on July 1, 1917, which was the last service held inside of Jubilee Methodist Church. The Vine Street Presbyterian Church continued to be used as the Union Church. The Rev. W.H. Pankhurst served as the first Union minister from 1918 to 1923. A vestry was built on either side of the church and was completed in 1921. In 1925, the Union Church of Birtle officially joined The United Church of Canada to become Birtle United Church.

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