Fonds OW.064 - New Haven, St Matthew fonds

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New Haven, St Matthew fonds

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  • 1894-2003 (Creation)

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33 cm textual material
12 still images

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St Matthew's Parish, New Haven was formed 29 May 1897. The first recorded service, however, took place 17 February 1895. Services were conducted on alternating Sundays in the New Haven schoolhouse. A church was built in 1906 on land donated by C. Mills. The church was consecrated 2 December 1906. In 1919, more land was donated, this time from T.W. Shewfelt, for a cemetery. A community hall was built on church lands, which were purchased in 1928. By 1980, only special services were being held, in spring, summer and fall months only. In 1982, the church was put on a new foundation and repainted inside and out. Of note is the fact that St Matthew has never been wired for electricity. The hall was sold in the late 1980s and the land upon which it was built was sold in 1990. Since its formation, St Matthew has shared a priest with Manitou (OW.051) and Altamont (OW.001). Currently St Matthew, New Haven is one of the Pembina Hills Parishes, along with St Barnabas, Altamont (OW.001); St Paul, Clearwater (OW.016); St Andrew, Crystal City (OW.019); St Mary, Kaleida (OW.043); St John the Baptist, Manitou (OW.051); St Luke, Pembina Crossing (OW.069); and St John the Evangelist, Pilot Mound (OW.070). In 1990, following the departure of one clergyman (the parishes had previously been served by two fulltime ministers) the parishes undertook a Total Ministry program. Sixteen members of the parishes took courses that would enable them as lay readers to assist and at times lead in worship. On 23 February 1992, they were commissioned as lay ministers in a Commissioning Service held at St John the Baptist in Manitou. New Haven does not have regular services and is not part of the ministerial rotation like most of the Pembina Hills Parishes. When special services are required, the priest will perform the ceremony.

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Parish to Diocese in 1984 and 2006.

Scope and content

The records of St Matthew, New Haven held at the Diocese include: Canonical Documents (1894-1919); Titles (1906-1919); Blueprints and Plans; Sacramental Registers (1922-2003); Record of Service Books (1895-1919); Vestry Minutes (1957-1981); Cash Books (1905-1959); Financial Records (1960-1980); Sunday School Records (1933-1954); Cemetery Records (1935-2003); Community Hall Minutes and Accounts (1929-1990); Parish Leaflet (1906); History of the Woman's Auxiliary (W.A.) (1938-1961); Minutes of Annual Meetings (1903-1945); W.A. Minutes (1917-1972); W.A. Financial Summaries (1912-1936); W.A. Record of Attendance (1917-1942); W.A. Roll Call (1942-1972); W.A. Subscription and Membership (1912-1914); W.A. Receipts and Expenses (1919-1972); Dorcas Society (1947-1969); Still images; Research file.

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Canonical Documents and Titles are held in the Upper Vault. The Sacramental Register, remaining files and bound volumes are stored in the Lower Vault. Still images are filed by title in the Still Image Collection.

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Use of Parish Registers is limited to Archives staff.

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Rural Parishes Finding Aid

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Related material: See also the Sacramental Registers of St John the Baptist, Manitou (OW.051).

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