Fonds OW.007 - Beausejour, St James fonds

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Beausejour, St James fonds

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  • 1905-1982 (Creation)

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9.5 cm textual material
2 still images

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St James Parish, Beausejour, was formed on 5 July 1905. Church construction, however, began in 1904 when Joseph Shaw, Sr. donated land for a church site. The stone foundation was started shortly thereafter. The church was opened 20 August 1905. Consecration of the church took place 22 August 1915. In the 1930s, St James supported a mission to churches in the surrounding area, including Seven Sisters, Molson, Whitemouth, Rennie and St Ouens. Financial difficulties in the 1940s forced St James to withdraw its support for the mission and the parish was no longer able to support an incumbent. Services became infrequent and by 1950 the congregation was debating closure. The decision was made, however, to remain open. In the following decades, St James received ministry from St Andrew's on the Red, St Andrew (OW.091) as well as St George, Transcona (W.020). St James is currently served by St Saviour, Winnipeg (W.038). The church building was restored and completely renovated in the 1960s. The first service in the refurbished building was held 28 December 1969. The church was rededicated by the Right Reverend Barry Valentine on 29 June 1975. Plans for a new church hall were drawn up in the late 1970s but a lack of funds halted construction. It was not until 1991 that planning and fundraising began in earnest for a new hall. A groundbreaking ceremony was held 21 March 1993. The completed hall was dedicated 15 June 1993. The hall mortgage was burned on 18 September 1994. In 2000, the parish saved a set of stained glass windows as well as some solid oak pews from St. Mary`s Anglican Church in Point du Bois after its closure.

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Parish to Diocesan Archives in 1984, 1995, 1998 and 2005.

Scope and content

The records of St James held at the Diocesan Archives include Canonical Documents (1905-1915); Titles (1905-1953); Sacramental Register (1904-1943); Record of Services (1941-1969); Vestry Minutes (1938-1982); still images; Research file.

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Canonical Documents, Titles and the Sacramental Register are located in the Upper Vault. Record of Services and Minutes are held in the Lower Vault. Still images are filed by title in the Still Images Collection.

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The Sacramental Register is also available on microfilm reel #1.

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Use of parish registers limited to Archives staff. Consult the archivist for more information.

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Rural Parishes Finding Aid. Consult the archivist for more information.

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Related material: CD of 100th Anniversary Photos held in the Upper Vault.

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Further accruals are expected.

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Clergy list:

1908-1909 Rev E Diamond
1910-1915 Rev RS Cushing
1915 Rev HW Baldock
1917-1936 Supplied by Synod Office
1938 Rev HJ Tomkins
1939 Rev CH Jenkins
-1942 Rev G Foy
1965-1967 Rev RW Cawley (St Andrew, St Andrew)
1968 Rev JWH Blair (St Andrew, St Andrew)
1969-1970 Rev TW Maxwell (St George, Transcona)
1972-1975 Rev CD Griggs (St George, Transcona)
1976 Rev FW Lynch (Priest-in-Charge)
1977-1980 Rev VJW Mann (Hon. Asst.)
1981-1984 Rev RC McMurray
1985 Rev AG Johnson
1986 J Stafford (Laity)
1987-1989 Rev BB Ford (Priest-in-Charge)
1990-1992 Rev JWS Brown (St Saviour, Winnipeg)
1994 Rev KJ Pawluk
1998-2009 Rev JGWolf

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