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Archival Comic Relief

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Archival Comic Relief

Has Tuesday got you down? If so, the Junior Girls group at Trinity United Church in Bridgedale Pastoral Charge, New Brunswick, have you covered! The following cartoons were found in a “newspaper” published by the group in 1975 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of The United Church of...

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Archives Recipe of the Month-The Banquet Edition

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Archives Recipe of the Month-The Banquet Edition

I’ve always been a fan of the church suppers, it’s always amazing how these dinners are pulled off so seamlessly. As it turns out though, putting on a church supper is no easy feat and it was no different in 1926. The following documents, which are from the United Church in Milltown, New Brunswick, provide a behind the scenes glimpse into all the work involved in putting together a church banquet. Mind you, this was in the time before dishwashers so you wouldn’t see me volunteering to be part of the Clearing Up Committee!...

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The children all gathered round papa while he read the letter

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

The children all gathered round papa while he read the letter

This letter was found with some records from First Orthodox Congregational Church in St. Stephen which is one of the predecessors of Milltown United Church in New Brunswick. The writing is a little tricky at times and the scans are rather faint so there is a transcript following the images. Sounds like a typical letter (or maybe a Facebook message or email c. 2017) one would send their parents! Lake Forest, September 29, 1872 My dear mother and father, We were very glad to get fathers letter last evening and learn all about you, and that...

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Happy New Year from the Archives!

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Happy New Year from the Archives!

We might be a little behind the times here at the Archives but 1955 is close enough, right? This calendar is from Gunningsville United Church which would later become Trinity United Church in...

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Merry Christmas from the Archives!

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Merry Christmas from the Archives!

The following photograph is of the choir at Wesley Memorial United Church (Moncton) on Christmas Sunday in 1947.

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Archives Recipe of the Month-The Not Christmas Edition

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Archives Recipe of the Month-The Not Christmas Edition

I have decided to break with all tradition and not post a Christmas recipe of the month for 2016. Horrible I know but hopefully all can be forgiven. Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Trinity United Church in Riverview to help go through some records and determine which records should come to the Archives. Included in the records were these lovely photographs. Recipes are exciting but photographs of people cooking are super exciting too! Any ideas about what they were making? One of my co-workers, who is my go-to for questions such as...

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From the very beginning

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

From the very beginning

I always find it fascinating to view the documents recording the beginning of a church. Of course, there are a lot of events and work that goes on behind the scenes long before a church building is built but the part we usually get to see in the historical record is when a group of people get together and decide that they need a “house of public worship.” The following minutes are from Caribou Presbyterian Church, which eventually became Melville United Church before it joined The Presbyterian Church in Canada in 1951. As a...

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Summer Days

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Summer Days

It looks like winter is most definitely upon us so here are some photographs from a warmer season to cheer you up. These photographs are from a CGIT camp held at Waweig in 1948. Before you get too jealous, it wasn’t all sunshine there either, the last photograph shows blankets spread out on the grass to dry after a...

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Got on fairly well-Rev. David Sutherland (1859-1898)

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Got on fairly well-Rev. David Sutherland (1859-1898)

It just so happens that November 20th in 1887 also fell on a Sunday so I thought it would be the perfect week to share this diary entry from Rev. David Sutherland. As a bit of background, David Sutherland was born in Bruan, Caithnesshire, Scotland in 1859 to Alexander Sutherland. He received his education at the University of Edinburgh, New College, and the Presbyterian College in Halifax, N.S. It was in Nova Scotia that he married Mary Ellen (Minnie) Weatherbie with whom he had 4 children. Ordained in 1888 by the Maritime Synod of Halifax...

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Saving Energy at Church — Beacon’s Story

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Featured Congregations, Featured Slider, Newsletters | 0 comments

Saving Energy at Church — Beacon’s Story

Greening the Church Beacon United Church is a 22,000 square foot facility in Yarmouth Nova Scotia. About 20 years ago it was seen as both good stewardship and practical planning to look at ways to reduce our carbon footprint while improving efficiencies within the building. There are many opportunities in our churches for improving our energy consumption, reducing our green house gas emissions and saving us money all at the same time. Here are a list of simple steps or suggestions which could have a significant impact on both the environmental...

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