Fonds W.003 - Winnipeg, Christ Church (River Heights) fonds

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Winnipeg, Christ Church (River Heights) fonds

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CA DRL W.003

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  • 1955-2006 (Creation)

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108 cm textual material
6 still images and negatives

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New Christ Church was erected by the Diocesan Church Extension Fund in 1956 and dedicated by Bishop Barfoot on March 11th of that year. The church was modelled on a church at Camrose, Alberta and named for the disestablished parish and church that stood at Higgins Avenue and Princess Street. Prior to church construction, services were held in 1954 the basement of the rectory at 448 Beaverbrook Street under the spiritual guidance of Reverend Nelson Smith before moving to the disbanded Grace United Church in 1955. During Reverend Jack Ayers' ministry (1954-1979), a new parish hall was built as well as a gymnasium. In 1964, the annual Christ Church Plant Stand began. It became the largest, most profitable and longest running fundraiser. The bedding plant sale was held annually up until 2004. The church was consecrated 25 November 1984 by Bishop Jones In 1997, Christ Church was home to St Aidan's Christian School. This arrangement lasted until 2000. Facing an aging congregation, a church needing repairs and a depleted bank account, Christ Church had no choice but to close. The last service was held 28 May, 2006. The building was secularized 30 June 2006 and sold to a local business man who demolished the building in the winter of 2007. The memorials and items for worship were distributed throughout the diocese. The stained glass window is temporarily held at Prairie Stained Glass. For a full list of the disposition of items and memorials from Christ Church, see file W.003/94.

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Parish to Synod Office to ADRL in 1984, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2008.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of Canonical Documents (1956-2006), Titles (1981-2006), Building Plans (1961); Sacramental Registers (1955-2006), Vestry Minutes (1955-2006), Options (2002-2005); Annual Reports (1961-2005); Minutes of Annual Meetings (1956-1998); Annual Parochial Reports (1955-1968); Parish Newsletters (1956-2002); Parish Directories; Correspondence (1956-2006); Estate of Edith Mott (1988); Insurance (1965-2002); Plant Stand files (1978-2002); Stewardship and Parish Conference (1960-2005); Property Appraisal (2004); Parish Histories (1954-1989); Final Service Leaflets (2006); Leaflet Drawings; A.C.W. Annual Reports and Monthly Meetings (1957-1985); A.C.W. minutes (1986-1994); W.A. Life Membership (1964); Memorial Plaques and Memorial Book; Memorial Correspondence (1959-1999); Disposition of Church furnishings and memorials (2006); black and white photographs, negatives and microfilm of the parish register. Research File.

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The Sacramental Registers are located in the Upper Vault. The remaining files and bound volumes are kept in the Lower Vault in Boxes #4-9.

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Register 15 is also on microfilm roll W#4. Microfilm is not available for consultation.

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Use of Parish registers is limited to archive staff only.

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Winnipeg Disestablished Parishes

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Related material: The photographs are held in the Still Images - City Parishes Collection.

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Clergy List:
Rev. N.C. Smith (Priest-in-Charge) 1955-1958
Rev. W.J. Ayers 1959-1979
Rev. J.G. Wolf 1979-1997
Rev. M. Still 1998-2006

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