Fonds - Vernon Grieves Memorial United Church fonds

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Vernon Grieves Memorial United Church fonds

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  • 1854-1975 (Creation)

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4 cm : 4 volumes

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Vernon Grieves Memorial United Church is located in the northern Manitoba community of Oxford House. The first resident missionary for the area was Henry Steinhauer in 1851. The Methodist mission station was originally located on Jackson Bay, which was as much as 18 miles away from the HBC Fort. By 1874, the mission had moved to a larger, less isolates site. A church building was described in missionary reports as being "nearly finished" in 1879, but described as being "far from finished" in 1873. Before Union in 1925, the mission also included God's Lake and Island Lake. The church was replaced in 1925, when it became Oxford House United Church. A third church was built with a church hall in 1962. The 1925 church was dismantled and the lumber was used to repair, enlarge, and improve the chapel at the south end of the mission. This chapel was destroyed by fire on May 9, 1975. The South End does not officially become a preaching point for the charge until 1985. The church appears in the records as Vernon Grieves Memorial United Church after 2002.

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The records of Vernon Grieves Memorial United Church came to the conference archives of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario as part of several transfers of records between 1975 and 2000.

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The surviving records of the Vernon Grieves Memorial United Church include the following Sacramental registers: Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, 1894-1917; Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, containing records from Keewatin, Lake Winnipeg, Norway House, Oxford House and Nelson River, 1918-1951; Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1951-1975; and Baptisms and Marriages, 1854-1894.

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