Fonds Acc: 83-3; 86-19;92-01;06-39 - Minitonas Knox United Church fonds

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Minitonas Knox United Church fonds

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CA UCA Acc: 83-3; 86-19;92-01;06-39

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  • 1901-1997 (Creation)

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30 cm textual material.

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The Knox United Church has existed in the Manitoba community of Minitonas since 1925. The church first began as a Presbyterian Church in 1899 with Rev. F. Johnston as Minister. His headquarters were in Tent Town and he was Minister at large for the whole Valley, along with Rev. North. Services were first held in homes, halls, in the C.N .R. station, the hotel, and store. In 1900, a Union Sunday School was started, and plans were implemented to build. That summer, both the Methodist and Presbyterian Congregations built churches in Minitonas. The First World War caused a shortage of ministers, so the two churches developed a Co-operative phase. There would be a minister of one denomination in one charge, and one of another denomination in the next. This may have smoothed the pathway for the amalgamation to form the United Church in 1925. In 1900, the Methodist Church in Lidstone had 55 members while Minitonas had 58 members. Church services in Lidstone were also still being held in the rural schools, even though the church buildings were in Minitonas. The present Knox United Church was built in 1952, with many hours of volunteer labor in building, canvassing and providing meals for workers. The church was officially opened and dedicated on the first Sunday in 1953.

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The records of Knox United Church came to The United Church of Canada Archives-Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario as part of several transfers of records from Rev. Brenda Ferguson in 1983; Orville Hanson in 1986; the Pastoral charge in 1992; and from Laura Henderson in 2006.

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The records of Knox United Church held at the conference archives include: Sacramental registers pertaining to Baptisms (1901-1939), Marriages (1902-1942, 1966, 1968), and Burials (1902--1942,1964); records of the Official Board (1920-1997); Circuit register (1900-1942); records of the Session (1915-1967); records of the Board of Managers/Local Board (1918-1959); records of membership (1925); records of the Temperance Committee (1953-1958); records of the Women's Association (1939-1947); records of the Ladies Aid (1947-1961); records of the Woman's Missionary Society (1954-1961); records of the Women's Auxiliary (1959-1961); records of the Junior Association (1944-1959); records of the U.C.W. (1962-1987); records of the Young People's Society (1931, 1935); records of the C.G.I.T. (1949-1968); and records of the congregation (1934-1951).

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Related material: See also the records of the Swan River and the Bowsman-Minitonas-Birch River Pastoral charges for other material pertaining to Knox United Church.

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