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Happy Canada Day from the Archives!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Happy Canada Day from the Archives!

In celebration of Canada’s 148th birthday, here’s the music and lyrics for a patriotic song “My Own Canadian Home.” Has anyone heard this song before?  It was written by E.G. Nelson and composed by Morley McLaughlin, was very popular throughout the late 1800s and beyond. In 1967, it was adopted by the city of Saint John, NB as its official song. This copy was included in some files from Centenary Methodist Church (later to become Centenary Queen Square United Church in Saint John, NB). You can read more about E.G....

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History of Yarmouth Pastoral Charge

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

History of Yarmouth Pastoral Charge

The Beacon Pastoral Charge, Yarmouth consists of Beacon United Church in Yarmouth, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. Methodist: Yarmouth was at one time known as Port Fourchu, but was being called Yarmouth as early as 1759. In 1810, a Yarmouth resident named Anthony Landers began holding Methodist meetings in his house in Hebron. Eventually, a minister, Robert Alder, was sent to Yarmouth in 1816. The Yarmouth Circuit was dvidied in Yarmouth North and Yarmouth South in 1865. In Yarmouth, a Methodist chapel was built at the foot of Butler Hill in...

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We went with him, as it were

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

We went with him, as it were

The Sable River District Sunday School Convention (Nova Scotia) was comprised of Baptist and Methodist churches in the area who met regularly to discuss and promote Sunday School work.  One such meeting took place at the Little Harbor Methodist Church on January 30, 1914. Thanks to the report of a Dr. Brown, the attendants were transported to Zurich, Switzerland for the evening. I think the reason why I was so struck by these minutes is that for one night, the people in the room, from a small community in rural Nova Scotia, were able to...

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Maritime Conference, 1988

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 1 comment

Maritime Conference, 1988

For some reason I’ve been thinking a lot about Conference this week… For those of you are also thinking Conference thoughts, here are some photographs from Conference in 1988. Do you recognize anyone? Perhaps some of you were...

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Archives Recipe of the Month

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Archives Recipe of the Month

For something a bit different from the usual recipes, here’s a little prayer for before you sit down to eat your creation, archives recipe or not. This “grace before eating” came from a minute book of the Clinton United Mission Workers Band in the 1940s. This group was associated with Princetown United Church which is part of Margate Pastoral Charge in Prince Edward...

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History of Bathurst Pastoral Charge

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

History of Bathurst Pastoral Charge

Bathurst Pastoral Charge is comprised of First United Church, Bathurst and South Tetagouche United Church in Gloucester County, New Brunswick. Rev. Michael Pickles preached his first sermon in Bathurst in August 1830. In 1838, Bathurst and New Bandon Methodist Circuit contained the appointments of Bathurst, Salmon Beach, New Bandon, and “the Capes.” Tetagouche was added around 1841 and its building was constructed in 1861. In 1845, the Bathurst and New Bandon circuit was expanded considerably. The area served not only included Bathurst,...

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School Days

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

School Days

If you’re feeling nostalgic for your school days and want to test out your math skills at the same time, this post is for you! The following pages are from a minute book that was from Gibson Methodist (now Gibson Memorial in Fredericton). Interspersed throughout the minutes were pages from a child’s school assignments. Math, writing, history, health, it’s all there. The minutes were dated from the late 1800s so I’m assuming that the assignments were from around the same time period. Let’s start out with some math...

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Archives Recipe of the Month

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 1 comment

Archives Recipe of the Month

I think most of you out there would agree with me when I say there is nothing better than a good ol’ fashioned bake sale…unless of course I’m the one baking, gloopy fudge anyone? The following is a list of items for sale at a Ladies Aid fundraiser at Trinity United Church in Port Elgin, NB. Just reading down the list is enough to make my mouth water. I for one would be headed straight for the doughnuts (45 cents per dozen!). And for all of those bakers out there, does anyone know what a finger roll...

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Does anyone recognize this church building?

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 1 comment

Does anyone recognize this church building?

If anyone recognizes this building, please leave a comment on this post or send an email to Sarah at archives@marconf.ca The photographer who took this photograph was based in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

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History of Chatham Pastoral Charge

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 1 comment

History of Chatham Pastoral Charge

St. Andrew’s United Church is located in Chatham, Northumberland County, New Brunswick. Presbyterian: The first church in Chatham was the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. It was built in 1817 at the corner of Water Street and St. Andrew Street. The first minister to administer church services was the Rev. James Thomsom. A second St. Andrew’s Church building was built in 1870 at the southeast corner of Wellington Street and Henderson Street, which is the current location of St. Andrew’s United Church. Due to...

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