Fonds Acc: 2005 - 12 - St. Stephen's United Church fonds

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St. Stephen's United Church fonds

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CA UCA Acc: 2005 - 12

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  • 1913 - 1934 (Creation)

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2 volumes textual material.

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St. Stephen's United Church existed in the Ontario Community of Fort William, now known as Thunder Bay, from 1925 to 1929. Its predecessor was the St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church, also known as the Ruthenian Mission, which was established in 1913. Rev. Walter Pyndykowski arrived in the area in May of 1913 to administer to the approximately 300 Ruthenian (Ukrainian) Protestants in the area. A motion from the Superior Presbytery on February 24, 1914 makes a recommendation that the Home Missions Committee purchase a permanent place of worship for the mission. The Ruthenian Mission acquired a small white frame building from St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church that had been used at St. Andrew's for Sunday School. The Ruthenian congregation decided to move the building to St. Paul Street, now known as Spring Street. This building was reopened and dedicated as a church on July 5, 1914. By 1917, it became regularly known as St. Stephen's. A Sunday School was also organized that year. By 1921, English night classes were being offered at the church. The manse was purchased on 330 N. Syndicate Avenue in 1922. Shortly after Union in 1925, the demographics around the Church began to change, and the congregation gradually began to decrease. The manse was being rented out to other tenants by 1928 and it was given to Wayside House the following year to be used by the Superintendent. It was then decided that any mission work for the Ukrainians could now be done through the work of a deaconess and Wayside House, so it was decided to disband the St. Stephen's congregation at the end of Rev. Dr. Anton Babiuk's contract on October 1, 1929. The church was moved next to Wayside House and was sold for $1000. The Presbyterian Church maintained ownership of the property until October 10, 1930, when it was officially transferred to the United Church of Canada.

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Records of St. Stephen's United Church came to The United Church of Canada Archives-Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario as part of a transfer of records from Cambrian Presbytery in 2002.

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The surviving records of St. Stephen's United Church include Sacramental Registers pertaining to Baptisms (1915-1934) and Marriages (1913-1929).

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