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Bissett United Church fonds
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1937 - 2000 (Creation)
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12 cm textual material.
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Bissett United Church existed in the Manitoba community of Bissett, located southeast of Manigotagan, from 1947 to 2004. The field was opened in 1934 and served by a student minister named J.P. Browne. The services were originally held in the community hall and were attended by members of the Anglican, Baptist, Greek Orthodox and Lutheran churches as well. A church fund was established in the summer of 1945 and enough money was raised by August of the following year to begin construction of a church building. The church was officially opened in September 1947. The San Antonio Mine, located in Bissett, closed in June of 1966, causing a sharp decrease in the population of the town of Bissett and the United Church congregation. From 1966 to 1973, Bissett was served by Lay Supply. The minister of Pine Falls took charge of services between 1974 and 1984, and then again from 2001 to 2002. A minister was supplied by Selkirk Presbytery from 1985 to 1991, after which Bissett received an ordained minister of their own from 1992 to 1994. By 2003, there were only 2 members of the congregation left and occasional services were being held at the community hall again. The church building remains vacant and in a state of disrepair.
The records of Bissett United Church came to The United Church of Canada Archives-Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario as part of a transfer of records from Bissett United Church in 1984 and from Selkirk Presbytery in 2004.
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The records of Bissett United Church held at the conference archives include: Sacramental Registers pertaining to Baptisms (1955-1964), Marriages (1955-1962), Burials (1954-1956), and includes Membership (1951-1966); records of the Session/ Combined Board (1949-1967); records of the congregation (1954-1984); financial records (1964-1971, 1985); and a Historic/Communion Roll (1937-2000).
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Some restrictions on access to Baptism, Marriage and Burial Registers apply.
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