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Rev. George Farquhar’s Letters from Russia

Posted by on Apr 30, 2019 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | Comments Off on Rev. George Farquhar’s Letters from Russia

Rev. George Farquhar (1880-1975) was born in England and came to Nova Scotia as a child, growing up in Newport, Hants County. He attended Dalhousie University, and then later the Presbyterian College. He served as a missionary at Harrington Harbour and Labrador and was a chaplain in Europe and Russia during World War I. He served as a minister of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia after WWI until 1925. The United Church had a surplus of ministers following its formation in 1925, so he resumed the law studies that he...

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Rev. George Gillmore’s Diary

Posted by on Mar 12, 2019 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | Comments Off on Rev. George Gillmore’s Diary

Rev. George Gillmore’s Diary

Rev. George Gillmore lived a fascinating life despite being a relatively unknown historical figure, and his life shows the value that there is in researching the lives of everyday figures. Little is known about Rev. George Gillmore’s past before arriving in America. It is believed he was born in the year 1720 in County Antrim, Ireland. There is evidence of him studying at the University of Edinburgh in 1762 but there is no record of him graduating. He travelled to Philadelphia in 1769 with his wife Ann and three kids who were all under 10 at...

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Reduce single use plastics

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Church In Action, Uncategorized | 1 comment

If you are looking for an action you can take to reduce carbon, cutting out single-use plastic is one step.  You can join others who are urging major grocery chains to create a plan to reduce use of plastics. Here are sample letters sent by one household. Sobey letter Loblaw letter  

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Woolastook Presbytery

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | Comments Off on Woolastook Presbytery

Woolastook Presbytery

Fredericton and Woodstock Methodist Districts: Methodism was introduced to Fredericton in 1971 by Rev. Abraham John Bishop. Fredericton first appeared as its own circuit in 1794 and the first Methodist church in Fredericton was built in 1810. Ministers from Fredericton then visited various communities on either side of the St. John River, establishing Methodist congregations throughout the area. When the New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island Conference was created in 1874, Fredericton was one of its five districts. In 1875, some of the...

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Chignecto Presbytery

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | Comments Off on Chignecto Presbytery

Chignecto Presbytery

Cumberland and Sackville Methodist Districts Methodists had been active in the Amherst-Point de Bute-Sackville area since at least the 1780s when William Black, one of the fathers of Methodism in the Maritimes, began preaching in the area. In the early days of Methodism in Cumberland County, Parrsboro was linked with Maccan in a circuit which covered over one hundred miles (including Parrsboro, Maccan, Maccan Mountain, West Brook, Amherst, Head of Amherst, Shinimiacas, Cross Roads, Woodstock, Diligent River, Fox River, New Canann, Advocate...

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YOUTH LEADERS’ RETREAT – NOV 23-24, 2018

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Christian Life & Growth, Events | Comments Off on YOUTH LEADERS’ RETREAT – NOV 23-24, 2018

YOUTH LEADERS’ RETREAT – NOV 23-24, 2018

November 23rd-24th at the Tatamagouche Centre, join with other youth leaders from across the Maritimes for conversation & connection Beginning Friday 5:30 pm with supper Ending Saturday with supper Cost $35 For more information contact Lauren King at lking@marconf.ca Youth Leaders' Retreat November 2018 Name* ...

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Sydney Presbytery

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | Comments Off on Sydney Presbytery

Sydney Presbytery

Sydney Presbyterian Presbytery The first Presbyterian minister to come to Cape Breton was Rev. James McGregor, from Pictou Presbytery, who visited Sydney in 1798 and 1813. At the time of his first visit, there were only twenty Presbyterian families on the whole island. However, beginning in 1802, a steady stream of Presbyterian immigrants began to come to Cape Breton and by 1842, there were approximately 12,000 Presbyterian families on the Island. Rev. McGregor visited again in 1818 and it was during this time that he helped to form the...

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Prince Edward Island Presbytery

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | Comments Off on Prince Edward Island Presbytery

Prince Edward Island Presbytery

PEI Presbyterian Presbytery On July 3, 1817, the Presbyteries of Truro and Pictou along with a few ministers of the Church of Scotland united to form the Presbyterian Church of Nova Scotia. This new body was constituted as the Synod of Nova Scotia and divided into three Presbyteries: Halifax, Truro, and Pictou. As the number of ministers from the Church of Scotland increased in the Maritimes, it was decided to form a new Synod in connection with the Church of Scotland on August 30, 1833. The Synod was divided into the Presbyteries of Halifax,...

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Following the Internet trail of a 20th Century Minister’s Family

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | Comments Off on Following the Internet trail of a 20th Century Minister’s Family

Following the Internet trail of a 20th Century Minister’s Family

The advent of the Internet and the ability to digitize archival records to make available online is certainly very helpful when it comes to finding out information that you might not have otherwise known about a church or an individual. Case in point-the Old Barns Presbyterian Sunshine Mission Band. This was a group for young people people led by one Mrs. Whidden. In the 1912-1915 minute book, I found a sweet letter dated January 1914 from Mrs. Whidden to her “dear Mission Band girls.” In the letter she thanks the girls for the...

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Archives!

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 1 comment

Happy Thanksgiving from the Archives!

The following is a photograph of the interior of Trinity United Church in Mahone Bay, NS decorated for fall and/or Thanksgiving in 1936.

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