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Got my teeth out, planted beans, and crossed the ice with the horse

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Got my teeth out, planted beans, and crossed the ice with the horse

The following is an excerpt from a diary by an unknown author which was written at the back of a treasurer’s book for St. James Presbyterian (now United Church) in Sheet Harbour. The diary provides a good snapshot of community life in Sheet Harbour during the 1920s and...

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History of the Blue Rocks-Stonehurst Pastoral Charge

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

History of the Blue Rocks-Stonehurst Pastoral Charge

The Blue Rocks-Stonehurst Pastoral Charge contains the congregation of St. Paul’s United Church at Blue Rocks, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. In the 1880s, Presbyterian adherents in the area of Blue Rocks and Stonehurst (also known as Black Rocks) worshipped at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Lunenburg. A minister began holding services in the area at the local schoolhouses. In 1884, a mission station, referred to as The Rocks, was organized and placed under the care of the Lunenburg Presbyterian congregation. St. Paul’s Presbyterian...

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Lizard skin?

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Lizard skin?

There, did that title catch your attention? The Archives receives minutes in all forms. Loose, scribblers, fancy bound books, you name it. I always appreciate the older notebooks with fancy illustrated covers. Take for example, these notebooks, c. 1920s, which contained minutes from the Lakeville Corner Methodist/United Church Ladies Aid (Sheffield Pastoral Charge). Of course you can still purchase scribblers with pictures on the cover (Justin Beiber anyone?) but come on, you can’t get much better than a lizard skin motif! We’ll...

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History of the Clyde-Carleton Pastoral Charge

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

History of the Clyde-Carleton Pastoral Charge

  The Clyde‑Carleton Pastoral Charge of the United Church of Canada is located in Shelburne County, Nova Scotia. Clyde-Carleton Pastoral Charge has preaching points in Carleton Village, Clyde River (St. Matthew’s United), and Port Clyde (Port Clyde‑Port Saxon United). The current pastoral charge is an amalgamated charge containing three former pastoral charges: Clyde River Pastoral Charge, North East Harbour Pastoral Charge, and Port Latour Pastoral Charge. Construction on the first Presbyterian “Kirk” at Clyde River...

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Archives Recipe of the Month

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Archives Recipe of the Month

Port Mouton may mean Port ‘Sheep’ en franςais but this South Shore village’s true calling has always been seafood. In 1965, the United Church Women put out an autographed album of recipes, for all your maritime cooking and baking needs. March may not be lobster season but I say there is always time for this chowder.  It’s perfect for any fishermen and there friends, and with so many lobsters making their way into this pot you’ll be sure to have room for seconds…or thirds. Now that you’ve seen how to...

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History of Mahone Bay Pastoral Charge

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

History of Mahone Bay Pastoral Charge

The Mahone Bay: Trinity Pastoral Charge consists of the appointment of Mahone Bay (Trinity United Church) located in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. Presbyterians worshipped in the Union Meeting House at Mahone Bay until the Presbyterian Church was built in 1861. The Presbyterian Church was moved from Clearland Road to its present site overlooking the harbour on September 14, 1885. In 1925, the congregation joined The United Church of Canada and the Presbyterian Church building, renamed Trinity United Church, was used for worship. Services at...

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Honing one’s artistic abilities

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Honing one’s artistic abilities

I always get a big kick out of the number of drawings I find in church minute books. Not surprisingly, the majority of these doodles are usually found in the books of  youth groups where the minutes were recorded by the youth themselves. The drawings below, however, were found in a book of Sunday School minutes from St. Matthew-Wesley United Church in North Sydney, Nova Scotia. Maybe a kid got a hold of his mother’s minute book or who knows, maybe the secretary was bored during some of the meetings. She wouldn’t be the first adult...

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History of Liverpool Pastoral Charge

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

History of Liverpool Pastoral Charge

The Liverpool: Zion Pastoral Charge consists of the Zion United Church congregation in Liverpool, Queens County, Nova Scotia. The first meeting house in Liverpool was erected in 1761. Another meeting house, referred to as Old Zion, was erected in 1774 to be used at various times by the Congregationalists and Methodists. The Methodists sold their shares in this meeting house to the Congregationalists in 1793. Old Zion was in need of extensive repair by 1870 so the Congregationalists built a new church. This church was later destroyed by fire in...

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Archives Recipe of the Month

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Archives Recipe of the Month

In these bleary winter months, there’s nothing better than some good ol’ fashioned comfort food circa 1915 style. I’m talking macaroni and cheese kind of comfort food because nothing and I mean nothing beats that combination of cheese and pasta.  And that’s where The Helping Hands cookbook produced by the ladies of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Kentville comes in handy (pun intended hehe). This church would eventually join with St. Stephen Methodist to become St. Paul and St. Stephen United Church. So...

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An archival Valentine’s Day poem

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

An archival Valentine’s Day poem

Ok, so maybe it’s not the happiest Valentine’s Day poem out there but there is no denying it’s kinda romantic and it does include the word love a couple times. Plus, every good Valentine’s Day poem should include a reference to the harp, right? We can’t be too picky either because poetry, let alone love poetry, is not exactly prevalent in most church archives. This poem is thought to have been written by Rev. G.W. Tuttle who was a Methodist minister in Nova Scotia in the 1850s-1880s. Now if only we knew who Martha...

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