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Elva United Church fonds
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CA UCA Acc: 1996-10
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23 cm textual material.
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Elva United Church existed in the community of Elva, Manitoba, located southwest of Melita in the Rural Municipality of Grey, from 1924 to 1964. In 1924, the local Methodist and Presbyterian congregations joined in a Local Union before formally joining the United Church of Canada in 1925. Worship was held in the former Methodist Church, built in 1897. Presbyterians who did not wish to join continued to hold services in St. Paul's Presbyterian church. In 1925, Elva United Church joined the Pierson Pastoral charge and Reverend T. Chapman was the first United Church minister in the community. In 1956, faced with expensive repairs, the congregation elected to purchase the Elva Anglican Church rather than renovate, and the United Church building and lots were sold. Services began to be held in the summer months only. A dwindling congregation forced the new church to close shortly thereafter and the last service was held in November 1964. The building was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Renwick.
The records of Elva United Church came to The United Church of Canada Archives-Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario as part of a transfer of records from the Lyleton-Pierson Pastoral charge in 1996.
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The records of Elva United Church held at the conference archives includes: a Communion Roll (1927-1928, 1931); Records of Session (1924-1932 n.i.); records of the congregation (1924-1956 n.i.); records of the trustee board (1926-1927, 1944); records of the Board of Stewards (1957-1964); cash books (1924-1948, 1946-1947, 1949-1964, 1973); records of weekly offerings (1928-1929, 1930-1931, c.1931, 1934-1937, 1940-1941, 1942-1943, 1944-1945, 1948-1950, 1950-1952, 1953-1954, c.1956-1959, 1960-1964); and membership of Ladies' Aid (1924-1930).
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