Fonds Acc: 79 - 19 - Vine Street Presbyterian Church fonds

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Vine Street Presbyterian Church fonds

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CA UCA Acc: 79 - 19

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  • 1879 - 1916 (Creation)

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4 volumes textual material.

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Vine Street Presbyterian Church existed in the Manitoba community of Birtle, located 150 km northwest of Brandon, from 1887 to 1917. Mr. C. Copeland, a student minister, held the first Presbyterian service on October 19, 1879. The Rev. William Hodnett was the first ordained minister to the mission in October of 1880. At this time, the charge included Birtle, Fort Ellice, Shell River, Silver Creek, Todd's, Rossburn, North Oak River (Hamiota), Findlay's Shoal Lake and Doyle's Settlement (Beulah). The first Communion service for this area was held in Birtle on September 18, 1881. Services were originally held in private homes and then later at the Town Hall. Vine Street Presbyterian Church was formally opened and dedicated on June 19, 1887. In 1898, Fort Ellice was dropped from the charge and Gnaton Hall was added. In 1917, Vine Street Presbyterian Church formed a Local Union with Birtle Methodist Church to become the Union Church of Birtle. The former Presbyterian Church continued to be used as the Union Church.

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The records of Vine Street Presbyterian Church came to The United Church of Canada Archives-Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario as part of a transfer of records from Birtle United Church in 1979.

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The records of Vine Street Presbyterian Church held at the conference archives include: Sacramental Registers pertaining to Baptisms (1881 - 1902), Marriages (1880 - 1897), and Burials (1892 - 1895); Communion Roll (1882 - 1911); and records of the Session (1879 - 1916).

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Related material: See also the records of Birtle United Church for other material pertaining to Vine Street Presbyterian Church.

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