Beulah Presbyterian Church

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Beulah Presbyterian Church

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Beulah Presbyterian Church existed in Beulah, Manitoba, located southwest of Shoal Lake, in the Rural Municipality of Miniota, from 1883 to 1923. A student minister named C. Copeland was first sent to Beulah, then known as Doyle's Landing, in the summer of 1879. The services were held in the homes of William A. Doyle and William D. Paynter. In the spring of 1880, the charge had fourteen preaching points, but by the time Reverend William Hodnett arrived in the autumn of that year, the field consisted of Beulah, Birtle, Fort Ellice, Todburn, Rossburn, Shoal Lake, and Findley's Settlement. A church was built in the fall of 1883 and was shared by the Methodist congregation for twenty years. That same year, the Beulah field changed to include Birtle, Clyde, Elliot, Todd and Rossburn. Two years later, the field was reduced considerably to include only Blaris and the Bird Tail Reserve. Three acres of land were purchased from the Hudson's Bay Company for a new church and the cornerstone was laid 10 July 1903. It was officially opened that fall. Beulah was raised to the status of congregation in 1904 and its first "settled minister" was Reverend A. McMillan. When the railway came through in 1911, the whole townsite was moved northwest by a mile and all existing buildings, including the church, were moved. The church was destroyed by a fire in 1920. Services took place in Forester's Hall until the new church was completed in 1922. Also in 1922, a Local Union was formed between Beulah's Presbyterians and Methodists before formally joining the United Church of Canada in 1925. The Presbyterian church continued to be used for worship.

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