Fonds PR3589 - Grace Methodist Church (Lacombe) fonds

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Grace Methodist Church (Lacombe) fonds

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    • 1902-1924 (Creation)

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    0.01 m of textual records

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    Administrative history

    Grace Methodist Church was established in Lacombe, Alberta in 1893. Church services were initially held in the log school, with a permanent church building opening for worship on September 16, 1894. By 1901, membership in the church had reached one hundred and seventy-four people and the districts of Milton, Wolf Creek, Blindman and Rimbey were added to the circuit that also included Blackfalds, Chigwell, Spruceville, Bentley, Lakeside-Canyon, Central, and Spring Valley.

    In [1905] the original church building was expanded and electric lights were added. Grace Methodist Church and St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church held united summer services as early as 1911. The matter of permanent union was first put to a vote in 1915, but it was turned down. It was voted on again in 1917 with the same result.

    In 1922, a vote was taken for the third time and passed, creating St. Andrew's United Church, located in what had previously been the Grace Methodist Church building. St. Andrew's United Church would join the United Church of Canada, a union of Methodist, Congregational, and Presbyterian denominations, upon its formation in 1925.

    Custodial history

    Records deposited under accession number PR1975.0387 were acquired sometime prior to 1975 however there is no surviving record of the details.

    Scope and content

    The fonds consists of Quarterly Official Board Minutes (1905-1922); Quadrennial report on Church Property (1922); register of baptisms (1902-1922), marriages (1902-1922), and burials (1903-1922); Cash book (1914-1922); Church mortgage (1917); Insurance documents (1921-1922); Ladies Aid cash books (1897-1924); Sunday school board minutes (1919-1922); and the Young Men's Club guest book (1907-1908).

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    In 1975, the Conference entered into a permanent loan agreement with the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) for the physical custody and control of the holdings of the Conference Archives and the records were relocated to the PAA in that same year. Records received after 1975 have come from the congregation, church members, or officers of the presbytery or the Conference.


    The materials have been arranged chronologically and in accordance with the congregational series arrangement plan.

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        The material is in English.

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        Subject to the Copyright Act. Permission for use required. See Conference Archivist.

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        Inventory is available.

        Associated materials

        For additional materials please see the Lacombe Methodist Pastoral Charge fonds (PR3590) and St. Andrew's United Church fonds (PR3593) in the United Church of Canada Alberta and Northwest Conference Archives, located at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information in the Administrative History was sourced from the fonds and from the following book:

        Lacombe: The First Century; The Lacombe and District Chamber of Commerce; 1982.

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        Includes the following accessions PR1975.0387 and PR1999.1093.

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