Fonds Acc: 2005 - 12 - Trinity Methodist Church fonds

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Trinity Methodist Church fonds

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CA UCA Acc: 2005 - 12

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  • 1889 - 1925 (Creation)

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1 folder, 11 volumes of textual material.

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Trinity Methodist Church existed in the Ontario community of Port Arthur, now known as Thunder Bay, from 1871 to 1925. Originally, a non-denominational church building called the Church of All Faiths was to be erected in Prince Arthur's Landing in 1871. Plans were changed when a Rev. Dr. Punshon and Rev. Alex Sutherland made a substantial donation towards the building of the church on the condition that the name be changed to Providence Methodist Church. The grey, wooden church was built on the southwest corner of Waverly and Algoma Street, and was shared by the Methodists and Presbyterians for services and for a while was also used for a school during the week. The first minister was Rev. William Halstead. Providence Methodist Church became known as the Methodist Church in 1892. On January 18, 1906, Rev. Dr. J.W. Sparling dedicated a new, stone church that two years later was given the name of Trinity Methodist. The old church was sold and was moved to a new site. In 1925, Trinity Methodist Church officially joined the United Church of Canada and became Trinity United Church.

Custodial history

The records of Trinity Methodist 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 Trinity Methodist Church include: records of the Sunday School, including a list of library books (1908-1909), and records (1911); records of the Port Arthur Methodist Sabbath School Committee, including minutes and a cash book (1892-1910); records of the Young People's League, including minutes (1921-1925), records of the Baraca Society/ Young Men's Baraca Class/ Baraca Bible Class, including minutes (1909-1918), records of the Ladies of Methodist Church/ Women's Auxiliary/Ladies Aid, including minutes (1889-1905, 1909-1921), and correspondence (1889-1898); and reference material, including the "Trinity Bulletin" (1912-1913).

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Related material: See also the records of Trinity United Church for additional material pertaining to Trinity Methodist Church.

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