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History of Newcastle Pastoral Charge

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

History of Newcastle Pastoral Charge

Newcastle Pastoral Charge is comprised of two churches in the Miramichi City area, Northumberland County, New Brunswick: Maple Glen and Newcastle (St. James and St. John). Presbyterian: In 1797, when the Rev. James MacGregor visited the Miramichi, the area had its first experience with Presbyterianism. By 1816 a Presbyterian minister was settled in Chatham to serve the whole Miramichi area. While it was still being built, the first Newcastle Presbyterian Church was levelled in the great Miramichi Fire in 1825. When the new church was completed...

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Archives Recipe of the Month: The Raisin Edition

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Archives Recipe of the Month: The Raisin Edition

Is there any food more polarizing than raisins? It seems to be either love or hate when it comes to those dried grapes. You never hear someone say “I kind of like raisins” or “Raisins are okay.” Nope, no middle of the road here. I must admit that I have been on a bit of a non-raisin recipe posting kick but just in case you raisin lovers are starting to feel neglected, this one’s for you! The following recipes were written in the back of a minute book of the Dr. Mina MacKenzie WMS Auxiliary from Pictou...

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History of New Germany Pastoral Charge

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

The New Germany Pastoral Charge consists of the appointments of Hemford (Emmanuel-Union United Church) and New Germany (Epworth United Church) which are both located in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. Methodist: The Methodist congregation of New Germany had originally been an appointment of the Lunenburg Circuit until 1863, when New Germany became a separate Circuit under the Halifax District which included the appointments of Barss Corner, New Canada, New Germany, Northfield, Ohio (Hemford after 1877), and Springfield. In 1867, the New Germany...

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Happy Valentine’s Day from the Archives

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Archives

Ah, young love. Who doesn’t remember the roller coaster of emotions, the shy glances, and the love notes associated with one’s first crush? In honor of February 14, here’s a poem which was published in the Pepper Box c, 1919, a publication of the Pine Hill Divinity Hall residence. You can’t help but feel sorry for poor Jimmy. This not exactly the type of poem that you would find written in a Valentine’s Day card but it certainly sums up the craziness that is love. Happy Valentine’s...

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History of Tabusintac Pastoral Charge

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

History of Tabusintac Pastoral Charge

The Presbyterian tradition in Tabusintac has long roots. In 1828, the settlement of Tabusintac had applied to the Glasgow Colonial Society for a schoolmaster and catechist. By 1832, a new church had been built at Church Point. Rev. Simon Fraser was the first minister sent out to Tabusintac and the congregations of Bay du Vin and Black River in 1834. Rev. Fraser remained in the area until 1840, also ministering every third Sunday to a congregation in Kouchibouguac. By 1836, the Tabusintac Church was completely finished and incorporated and a...

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An Archival Mystery

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

An Archival Mystery

Intrigue in the Archives! The other day I was going through some records when I noticed a reference to a sermon book of a Rev. John James Teasdale. We have lots of sermons here at the Archives so that’s nothing out of the ordinary but what caught my eye was a note about a possible bullet hole through the book of sermons. When I pulled out the book, sure enough, there was a rather suspicious looking hole in the book. I’m not an expert on guns or bullet holes by any means but after doing some “thorough research” (i.e....

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New Years, 1929

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

New Years, 1929

Ok, so the title is a bit of a stretch since the date of the following newspaper cover is obviously not New Years 1929 but January 2 is close enough, right?  And in case you’re wondering, there’s not really any significance attached to 1929. I just happened to have the 1929 edition of The United Churchman out for another reason and the book is so big that I figured I might as well get another scan from it while I had it out. In any case, it’s kind of neat to see what was happening at the start of a new year some 85 years...

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Christmas Greetings from the Fireside Club

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Christmas Greetings from the Fireside Club

The Fireside Club was based out of St. David’s Presbyterian/United Church in Saint John and was a men’s club which held Bible studies as well as debates. This card is actually a mash-up of two different cards; one from 1913 and one from 1915. Merry Christmas to...

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Archives Recipe of the Month-Christmas Edition

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 1 comment

Archives Recipe of the Month-Christmas Edition

This month’s post was compiled and written by Katie Ferguson, a regular volunteer at the Archives: The first recipe is for a very nice festive loaf (The Art of Cooking in Beaverbank, St. John’s United Church Women): Wonderfully Christmas-coloured with red and green cherries (Personal Recipes of Ladies’ Guild, Knox United Church, Brookfield, N.S.): For a fruit cake your family, friends, and even in-laws will love (Personal Recipes of Ladies’ Guild, Knox United Church, Brookfield, N.S.): Take note that this is an...

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Outside of that I am still alive and thank the good Lord for the same

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Outside of that I am still alive and thank the good Lord for the same

As I often like to tell people when I get on my archives spiel, church records are important not only for the stories they tell about specific churches but also for the stories they tell about our broader community and society. According to the minutes of the January 15, 1918 meeting of the Grace Methodist Young Men’s Bible Class, only one member of the group, George Holmes was injured during the catastrophic Halifax explosion occurring on December 6, 1917. Coincidentally, a little further on in the minute book was a letter from George...

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