Fonds 78-31; 91-25 - Fort Rouge Methodist Church fonds

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Fort Rouge Methodist Church fonds

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CA UCA 78-31; 91-25

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  • 1887-1925 (Creation)

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Fort Rouge Methodist Church existed in Winnipeg from 1883 to 1925. Its successor was the Fort Rouge United Church (1925-1935). Fort Rouge Methodist Church was organized in 1883 under the direction of Grace Methodist Church. From 1883 to 1887, Fort Rouge Methodist Sunday School and church services were held in the Pembina school house. In 1887, the congregation erected a church on the corner of Stradbrook Avenue and Joseph Street and formed the 'Winnipeg Mission', along with the congregation of McDougall. The minister of the Winnipeg Mission, Enos Langford, was shared by Fort Rouge and McDougall until 1889, when each church became an independent station and received their own ministers. In 1906, Fort Rouge Methodist Church purchased land at the corner of Nassau and Wardlaw and constructed part of a new church building. The eastern portion of the building, to be used primarily for Christian education, was completed in 1906 and the remainder of the church was completed in 1910. The official opening and dedication of the new church took place in April of 1911. Fort Rouge Methodist Church was partly responsible for the creation of the Sunshine Mission in 1916. Alongside Augustine Presbyterian Church, Fort Rouge helped to organize the Sunshine Mission (later known as Stafford Street Mission), which would eventually evolve into Harrow United Church. In 1923, Fort Rouge Methodist Church became one of the first churches in Canada to broadcast a church service over the radio. On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1923, Fort Rouge Methodist Church broadcast its church service on CKY. Fort Rouge Methodist Church joined the United Church of Canada in 1925, becoming Fort Rouge United Church.

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The records of Fort Rouge Methodist Church came to the conference archives of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario as part of two transfers of records in 1978 and 1991.

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The surviving records of Fort Rouge Methodist Church are arranged in the following series: Sacramental Registers, pertaining to Baptisms, 1887-1911, Marriages, 1888-1912, and Burials, 1887-1906; Membership Rolls, including circuit registers, 1887-1925; records of the Quarterly Board Executive, including minutes, 1918-1922; records pertaining to the Board of Stewards and church property, including minutes, correspondence and financial records, 1913-1917; and records of lay associations, including the Women's Missionary Society and Ladies Aid, 1892-1923.

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Related material: See records of Fort Rouge United Church for records pertaining to Fort Rouge Methodist Church dating from 1910.

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