Fonds BF523 - North Battleford Mennonite Brethren Church fonds

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North Battleford Mennonite Brethren Church fonds

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  • 1960-1989 (Creation)

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74 cm of textual records and other material

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The North Battleford Mennonite Brethren Church, located in northern Saskatchewan, was a member of the Canadian Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches, Rosthern District. In 1960 Saskatchewan M.B. Missions placed Arno C. Fast in North Battleford as a church planter. The first meetings were in Oddfellow's Hall and in various public schools. A church building was begun in 1963 when the church was recognized and subsidized by the Canadian M.B. Conference. As a result of evangelistic services, Sunday school, clubs, and Vacation Bible School, the church grew and in 1973 became self-supporting. Henry Janzen, during his years at North Battleford, pastored both the Mennonite Brethren and the General Conference churches and cross-denominational fellowship groups were begun for a short time. Cliff Derksen, who followed Janzen, gave priority to youth work and children's ministries. After 1982, with the coming of John Block, emphasis changed to adult caring groups, Bible studies, and a Neighbourhood Awareness Program in which the pastor and members of the congregation surveyed blocks near the church to acquaint them with the church. By 1985 the church had grown from the original 13 to 44 members. Pastors in the church were: Arno Fast (1960-1969), Henry Janzen (1969-1974), Cliff Derksen (1975-1980)and John I. Block (1981-1989). Waldo Berg was interim pastor while John Block was away on study leave in 1988. The church closed in 1989 when many families moved away and John Block resigned in order to attend the M.B. Biblical Seminary in Fresno.

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The textual records came to the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies in 1996 from the Bethany Bible School in Saskatchewan, where they had been housed, probably since the church closed in 1989.

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This fonds consists of the following series: Historical records, Sunday bulletins, local ministries programs, minutes and reports, financial records, related institutions and organizations, membership and adherent records.

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74 cm of textual records, as well as 40 photographs and 2 super-eight films with one cassette tape.

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