Fonds Acc: 02 - 35 - Decker United Church fonds

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Decker United Church fonds

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CA UCA Acc: 02 - 35

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  • 1917 - 1980 (Creation)

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3 volumes, 3 folders textual material.

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Decker United Church was formed in the community of Decker, Manitoba, located in the Rural Municipality of Hamiota, in 1925. The predecessor of Decker United Church was Decker Union Church. Church services originated in the Decker area in the 1880s. Early services were held in private homes, the local school, and later, in the Decker Memorial Hall. Members of the Decker congregation also attended services in the neighbouring churches of Orrwold and Lavinia. Decker was connected in a union charge with Orrwold and Isabella before the charge became part of the United Church of Canada in 1925. This arrangement continued after joining the United Church of Canada. Rev. J.C. Anderson officiated over the first United services. Decker also participated in charges with Lavinia, McConnell, Hamiota, and most recently, Shoal Lake. The Decker United Church structure dates back to 1934, when the congregation of Decker purchased the former Knox Presbyterian Church of Hamiota, disassembled and moved it, and used the material in the construction of the Decker Church. The cornerstone was laid in July 1934, and the Decker United Church was opened for services in October of that same year. In 1939, Orrwold United Church, closed and remaining members of the congregation joined the Decker United Church. Proceeds from the sale of the Orrwold Church were applied to the debt that remained on the Decker Church. Decker United Church closed in 2008.

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The records of Decker United Church and Decker Union Church came to The United Church of Canada Archives-Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario as part of a transfer of records in 2002.

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The surviving records of Decker United Church and Decker Union Church are arranged in the following series: records of the Session, including minutes(1923); records of the Official Board and Unified Board, including minutes (1917 - 1980); records of Annual Congregational Meetings, including minutes (1923 - 1978); records pertaining to the Board of Stewards/ Elders and church property, including minutes, agreements, financial statements and correspondence (1922- 1980); and reference material, including a church history.

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Related material: See also the records of the Shoal Lake - Decker Pastoral charge for further material pertaining to Decker United Church.

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