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Curatorial

This series is made up of only one folder, which contains records pertaining to the curatorial history of the Johns fonds. Such records include biographical and curatorial material gathered by Pipe Creek Christian School, correspondence between Pipe Creek Christian School, John’s relatives and the United Church archives and two congregational letters written by Johns that could not appropriately be placed elsewhere. The folder comprising this series is labelled 121-14 in the fonds.

Pipe Creek Christian School

John R. Johns fonds

  • CA UCA Acc.: 2006-67, ID # 3223
  • Fonds
  • 1912 - 1981

The fonds contains the surviving records of John R. Johns. It includes approximately 890 sermon transcripts written and used by Johns in Canada (Silver Plains, MacGregor, Winnipeg, Morris, MB; Central Butte, SK; Victoria, Vancouver, BC) and the United States (Lake Crystal, Little Falls, Mankato, Minneapolis, Robbinsdale, Waseca, MN; Newark, NJ; Seattle, WA; Due West, SC; also possible TX and CA locations) primarily in the early and mid twentieth century (1912 – 1973). These sermon transcripts are usually complete transcripts rather than outlines. The majority of the sermons do not have either dates or locations associated with them (72% without dates, 86% without locations). Some of the sermons are revised versions of one another. The fonds also includes approximately 127 prayers written and used by Johns. Many of these prayers appear in various editions – both written and typed copies of most prayers exist, with minor or no alterations. Most of the ephemera pertains to the custodial history of the Johns sermons, particularly relating to their treatment by a Grade 7 class at Pipe Creek Christian School (TX) in 2004. Some biographical documents chiefly originating from members of Johns’s extended family are also found in the ephemera.

Johns, John R.

Prayers

This series contains prayers, most of which were composed and used by Johns. Many of the prayers in this series either correspond to times in the church year or church events or are either public or pulpit prayers. A folder containing prayers written by others that Johns collected is also included. The 3 folders comprising this series are labelled 121-11 through 121-13 in the fonds.

Johns, John R.

Sermons: Being a Christian in the Modern World

This series contains sermons that were not previously identified by Johns as belonging in any group or series and that were not readily associated with any church event or holiday. The sermons in these folders pertain to being a Christian, especially in relation to (then) modern politics, economics, world events and religions. The 10 folders comprising this series are labelled 120-1 through 120-10 in the fonds.

Johns, John R.

Sermons: God, Jesus and the Bible and Partial/Non-Sermon Transcripts

This series contains sermons that were not previously identified by Johns as belonging in any group or series and that were not readily associated with any church event or holiday. The sermons in this series relate to the life, ministry, character, nature and death of Jesus, the nature of God, the writing and life of Paul, various biblical characters and the biblical text itself. A folder gathering together partial or incomplete transcripts, as well as other types of addresses given by Johns, is also included. The 12 folders comprising this series are labelled 121-1 through 121-12 in the fonds.

Johns, John R.

Sermons: Relating to the Church Year, Youth, Masons and Missions

This series contains sermons that were grouped based on the portion of the church year (eg. Easter, Christmas) or church event (eg. Communion services) which they correspond to. Sermons pertaining to missions work, Masonic addresses and talks given to young people are also included in this series. The 14 folders comprising this series are labelled 119-23 through 119-36 in the fonds.

Johns, John R.

Sermons: Revelation, Revival and Exploration

This series contains sermons that were not previously identified by Johns as belonging in any group or series and that were not readily associated with any church event or holiday. The sermons in this folder relate to themes of revelation, revival and exploration in Christianity. The 3 folders comprising this series are labelled 120-11 through 120-13 in the fonds.

Johns, John R.

Sermons: Series

This series contains groups of sermons that John Johns marked as belonging together in various series. The 22 folders comprising this series are labelled 119-1 through 119-22 in the fonds.

Johns, John R.