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Games of the hour’s witchery

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Games of the hour’s witchery

Halloween-themed records are few and far between here at the Maritime Conference Archives but the Central Methodist Church (later Central United) Epworth League really stepped up to the plate with their nicely-decorated invitation to a Halloween party c. 1916:   Here’s a transcript for those of you who are having a hard time with the writing: “Miss M. Lea, The Epworth League of the C.M.C. On Hallow E’en “At Home” will be At eight, in the school room, with music and Tea And games of the hour’s...

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History of Upsalquitch Pastoral Charge

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

History of Upsalquitch Pastoral Charge

Upsalquitch Pastoral Charge is located in Restigouche County, New Brunswick, and consists of preaching places at Robinsonville (St. John’s United Church) and Upsalquitch (St. David’s United Church). The church at Upsalquitch began as a Presbyterian church which became known as St. John’s Presbyterian Church in in 1917.   At the time of the union of the Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregational Churches into the United Church of Canada, 1925, the churches now in Upsalquitch Pastoral Charge were in Matapedia Pastoral Charge. In...

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Archives!

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Happy Thanksgiving from the Archives!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! The following photograph is from St. Andrew’s United Church in Saint John which would eventually become part of St. Andrew and St. David United Church. Doesn’t it make you want to haul out the gourds?

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Tales from the Pepper Box: Another Theory Busted

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

Tales from the Pepper Box: Another Theory Busted

As with any good newspaper, the Pepper Box publication of the Pine Hall Divinity Hall residence had its fair share of cartoons. There is no artist credited to the cartoon so I can’t give credit to where credit is due but whoever it was seemed to be quite talented! This cartoon was probably drawn c. 1919. Any one want to admit to actually trying this...

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History of Port Mouton Pastoral Charge

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

History of Port Mouton Pastoral Charge

The Port Mouton Pastoral Charge consists of the appointments of Hunt’s Point (Wesley United), and Port Mouton which are located in Queens County. The first Methodist Society in Port Mouton was organized sometime around 1795. A Methodist church was erected at Port Mouton in 1816. This building was replaced by a new church which was opened on May 19, 1895 and the building erected in 1816 was demolished. The Liverpool Methodist District minutes show approval for a church to be built at Hunts Point in 1827. This first Methodist church in...

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Archives Recipe of the Month

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

Archives Recipe of the Month

I was all set on posting some more recipes this month but as I was reading through some Young People’s Union records for another project I came across a reference to a placemat. Is it bad that my first reaction upon seeing this was “PLACEMAT!!!” Anyway, the placemat, menu, and the rest of the assorted material is from the Maritime Conference Young People’s Convention 1956 banquet held in New Glasgow. So sit down, introduce yourselves to Mr. and Mrs. Davidge; examine your placemat while you wait, and enjoy your turkey...

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Dance, and enjoy yourself!

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 1 comment

Dance, and enjoy yourself!

I was rather intrigued by the following document as I have not come across too many church records that reference dance unless of course you count the pre-1925 newspaper articles that bemoan the evils of dance. I found this in a session minute book from River John-West Branch Pastoral Charge in Pictou Presbytery. What do you think, would the rules for church dances look any different today than they did in 1972? And which lucky parents out there have had the privilege of chaperoning a...

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A Snapshot of St. James, Dartmouth in 1837

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

A Snapshot of St. James, Dartmouth in 1837

Normally I don’t spend much time reading through minutes unless I have to but I stumbled across an interesting book the other day. It was entitled “Minutes of the Synod of Nova Scotia in Connection With The Established Church of Scotland When Met at New Glasgow, on the 9th Day of August, 1837. Try saying that 3 times fast! Sounds thrilling, huh? That was my first reaction until I started thumbing through the pages. It turns out that most of the book consists of reports from Presbyterian ministers on the status of their church. Each...

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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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