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A spirit of friendly rivalry has been engendered

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

A spirit of friendly rivalry has been engendered

I don’t know, perhaps I’m the only person who finds it an interesting topic but I’ve always been fascinated by reports and photographs of church sports teams, especially those pre-1925. The following is a report from St. Andrew’s Kirk Badminton Club circa 1915 (later became part of St. Andrew’s and St. David’s United Church in Saint John, NB). Even during this early time period they allowed women to be members of the club. Sounds like a fun way to spend a Monday or Tuesday evening. Now if only I could find a...

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History of Wesley Methodist Church (Hamilton, Bermuda)

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

History of Wesley Methodist Church (Hamilton, Bermuda)

Rev. George Whitefield was the first Methodist minister to visit Bermuda. He arrived in Bermuda in 1748 from the United States due to poor health. He did not have a license to preach in Bermuda but he didn’t let that hold him back as he preached in fields and homes. His stay only lasted two months but the seeds of Methodism had been planted. In 1799, the English Methodist Conference sent Rev. John Stephenson to Bermuda. He was soon accused of “inflammatory preaching” because people were afraid that his messages would incite a...

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Archives Recipe of the Month

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 1 comment

Archives Recipe of the Month

Ever wonder how to go about putting on a massive summer tea for your friends, family, and community? Never fear, the members of the Woman’s Association of Upper Canard United Church have eliminated all the guesswork! The following is a list of the supplies required for a scrumptious tea. It looks like this would be enough for 125 people, that is if everyone was polite and only took one strawberry shortcake. All I can say is that we’re talking about a whole lot of potato salad and you can never go wrong with that. It’s quite...

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Difficult to break myself into a habit not acquired early…

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 2 comments

Difficult to break myself into a habit not acquired early…

Maybe it’s just me but reading through old diaries is a fun way to while away some time. Not only do you feel like you get to know the diary writer but there’s always a bit of an adrenaline rush from reading what originally not many other people would have had a chance to look at. The Maritime Conference Archives has quite a few diaries from ministers and contrary to what some people may assume, these diaries prove to be an interesting read to say the least. The following pages are from the diary of one Charles H. Paisley. Straight...

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History of Campbellton-Escuminac Pastoral Charge

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

History of Campbellton-Escuminac Pastoral Charge

In 1831, the Rev. James Stevens of the Church of Scotland held the first service in Campbellton. His pastoral charge at that time included both Dalhousie and Campbellton, and he also extended his services to include Upsalquitch, New Carlisle, and Bathurst. A Sunday School was established in Campbellton in 1832 and from 1833-1834 a new manse and church were constructed. Campbellton and Dalhousie became two separate pastoral charges in 1835. The union with the Presbyterian Church in Canada took place in 1877, and the local congregation then...

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Archives Recipe of the Month

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Archives Recipe of the Month

For a change this month, I thought I would post a menu instead of a recipe. If any of these dishes appeal to you, never fear, the internet will provide you with all the recipes you could possibly want (I already checked). This menu was for a banquet held by the Independent Order of Foresters in Saint John in 1913. In case you’re wondering, the Independent Order of Foresters was a fraternal organization which exists today as the Foresters. I found the menu in some records of St. Andrew’s and St. David’s United Church, perhaps...

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History of Lockeport Pastoral Charge

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

History of Lockeport Pastoral Charge

The Lockeport Pastoral Charge consists of the preaching points at East Sable River, Little Harbour and Lockeport (St. Andrew’s United) which are all located in Shelburne County, Nova Scotia. The area of Lockeport was originally referred to as Ragged Islands. A settlement called Locke’s Island was founded shortly after 1764. The area of Ragged Islands and Locke’s Island was renamed Lockeport on 16 February 1870. From 1839, the Ragged Islands Methodist Congregation was part of the Shelburne Circuit in the Annapolis District....

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Wedding bells are STILL ringing

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

Wedding bells are STILL ringing

As you may recall, last week I posted a photograph which I said was our only wedding photograph in the Archives. It turns out that I spoke too soon. Just a couple days later, I stumbled across another wedding photograph and it was too nice not to share! The happy occasion took place in San Fernando, Trinidad in 1911. The bride and groom are not specifically identified but it is likely that they are Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Selvon as there is an inscription on the back which reads “From Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Selvon to Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Layton with...

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Wedding bells are ringing

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

Wedding bells are ringing

I promise I tried really hard to find some Canada Day themed records for this week but I didn’t meet with much success. As a back-up plan, I figured a wedding post to celebrate the beginning of summer would be nice. After all, we’re in prime wedding season right now! First of all, we’ll start out with an invitation. Any plans on November 21, 1883? Sounds like it should be quite the happy occasion at Central Methodist Church (Moncton). This isn’t the same couple referred to in the invitation above but I think this is...

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History of Blackville Pastoral Charge

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

History of Blackville Pastoral Charge

Blackville Pastoral Charge is comprised of the preaching point of St. Andrew’s United Church in Blackville. In 1839, Rev. James Souter, of Newcastle, opened a Presbyterian preaching station in the Blackville area. Rev. John Turnbull from Scotland was the first minister called to the charge, and he was inducted on 28 October 1840. Led by the efforts of Alexander MacLaggan, construction was begun on a church building in the fall of 1840 and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church was finished in 1841. Services had been held before this in the home...

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