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United Church of Canada Living Skies Region Archives

Banting, Meredith Black

  • SCAA-UCCA-0435
  • Person
  • 1901–1991

Meredith Black Banting was born on September 19, 1901 in Rounthwaite, Manitoba. He moved with his family to Manor, Saskatchewan as a teenager. He farmed in Richlea and operated Banting's Machine and Furniture Shop in Kindersley from 1933 to 1942.

In 1942, Banting entered the United Church Ministry. He served as a lay minister in Duval, Saskatchewan while completing high school correspondence classes. He then served as a lay minister in Raymore and Viscount while attending St. Andrew's College in Saskatoon. After his ordination in Moose Jaw in 1948, Banting served numerous parishes in Saskatchewan (Central Butte, Moose Jaw, Broadview, Whitewood, Wapella, Craik) and Alberta (Bow Island, Beaver Lodge). In 1970, Banting retired to Regina, where he was involved with the Westminster United Church's native ministries. He died in Regina on May 20, 1991.

Banting was a life member of the Masonic Lodge in Moose Jaw and the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 7 in Regina. An amateur photographer, Banting also loved music and sang in several choirs. Banting wrote, compiled and edited numerous books, mainly of poetry and reminiscences, and operated Banting Publishers, a small press publishing company, out of his home at 2306 Athol Street in Regina. Banting also produced and hosted several television and radio programs, mainly for children and senior citizens.

Banting married Florence Harper in 1934. The Bantings had one daughter: Anne.

Flaxcombe Pastoral Charge

  • SCAA-UCCS-
  • Corporate body
  • 1925–ca.1960

Flaxcombe Pastoral Charge was formed as a new United Church charge in 1925, part of Kindersley Presbytery and containing preaching points at Flaxcombe, Pinkham, Hill Sixty, and Tennyson. By 1932, the charge consisted of Flaxcombe, Pinkham and Marengo (the latter having moved from Hoosier Pastoral Charge). As of 1951, the charge had joined with Alsask Pastoral Charge to form the Alsask-Flaxcombe Pastoral Charge, with preaching points at Alsask, Flaxcombe, Hoosier, and Marengo. The two charges had split and been re-established sometime in the mid-1950s. By 1962, Alsask and Flaxcombe were both part of Marengo Pastoral Charge.

Carievale Pastoral Charge

  • SCAA-UCCS-
  • Corporate body
  • 1925–1956

Carievale Pastoral Charge was formed as a new United Charge in 1925, part of Estevan Presbytery, with preaching points Carievale, Bethel and Elmore. These remained until July 1, 1956, when the charge joined with Carnduff.

Gainsborough Pastoral Charge

  • SCAA-UCCS-
  • Corporate body
  • 1925–

Gainsborough Pastoral Charge was formed as a new United Charge in 1925, part of Estevan Presbytery, with preaching points Gainsborough, Winlow, Ashgrove and Claremont. Around 1966, it joined Carievale, Bethel and Winlaw, to form Gainsborough-Carievale Pastoral Charge.

Lumsden Pastoral Charge

  • SCAA-UCCS-
  • Corporate body
  • 1925–

Lumsden Pastoral Charge was formed as a new United Church charge in 1925, part of Regina Presbytery and consisting of preaching points at Lumsden (St. Andrew's), Forest and Wascana. Predecessors included Forest Rural [Presbyterian] Church (from ca.1880s, in what was then Carssdale, SK), Lumsden St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (ca.1890s?), Wascana Rural [Methodist] Church (ca.1888), and Lumsden Wesley Methodist Church (ca.1897). The congregation at Forest amalgamated with Lumsden in 1957 and Wascana Rural closed in 1961, with some of that congregation also joining Lumsden. Around 1970, Craven was added to the Pastoral Charge, though this church eventually closed, December 31, 1991. The Pastoral Charge remained (consisting of St. Andrew's United Church) through the 1990s and moved from Regina Presbytery to the new Wascana Presbyery, in 2000. As of 2019, the charge became part of Living Skies Regional Council, along with other Saskatchewan charges remaining.

Rockglen Pastoral Charge

  • SCAA-UCCS-
  • Corporate body
  • ca.1932–1968?

Rockglen Pastoral Charge was formed as a United Church charge sometime between 1926 and 1932, part of Assiniboia Presbytery and consisting of preaching points at Killdeer and Lacordaire (the latter was previously part of Pretty Valley Pastoral Charge, ca.1926). Between the late-1930s and 1940, the charge had amalgamated with Constance, as Rock Glen - Constance Pastoral Charge, with additional points at Lacordaire, Canopus and Killdeer (only Fife lake by 1946). By 1951, the charge had joined with Coronach to form Rock Glen - Coronach Pastoral Charge, with points at Rockglen, Coronach, Fife Lake, Hart and Clydesdale. The charges had separated again by 1958. As of 1962, Rockglen Pastoral Charge consisted of the Rockglen, Fife Lake and Killdeer congregations.

Around 1968/1969, Coronach combined with Rockglen Pastoral Charge (including Killdeer and Fife Lake) to create the new Borderlands Pastoral Charge.

Eatonia Pastoral Charge

  • SCAA-UCCS-
  • Corporate body
  • 1925–ca.1976, 1983–

Eatonia Pastoral Charge was formed as new United Church charge in 1925, part of Kindersley Presbytery and consisting of Eatonia and La Porte preaching points, as well as Bailey (from 1926). As of 1951, the charge was listed under Rosetown Presbytery, with points at Eatonia, Glidden, Laporte, Mantario and Rankin. By 1962, only Eatonia and Mantario remained in the charge.

Around 1976, Eatonia and Mantario (from Eatonia PC) combined with Marengo, Alsask and Flaxcombe (from Marengo PC) to form Prairie Neighbours Pastoral Charge. The new charge lasted until January 1, 1983, when Eatonia-Mantario Pastoral Charge was established (alongside Marengo Pastoral Charge).

Herschel Pastoral Charge

  • SCAA-UCCS-
  • Corporate body
  • 1925–2018

Herschel Pastoral Charge was formed as a new United Church charge in 1925, part of Kindersley Presbytery. By 1926, it consisted of preaching points at Herschel, Winona, and Spring Lake. In the 1930s, Winona left the charge, while Wiggins and Kingsland joined it. Sometime between 1946 and 1951, the charge joined with Fiske to form Herschel-Fiske Pastoral Charge, with points at Anglia, Fiske, Herschel, and McGee. Around the mid-1950s, the name had returned to Herschel Pastoral Charge, as of 1962, made up of Herschel, Anglia and Stanraer. Eventually, only the Herschel congregation was left and, as of September 15, 2018, Herschel Pastoral Charge itself officially closed.

Nipawin Pastoral Charge

  • SCAA-UCCS-
  • Corporate body
  • 1925–2006?

Nipawin Pastoral Charge was originally formed as a United Church Mission Field, in 1925, which soon became an aid-receiving Pastoral Charge (ca. 1926), part of Prince Albert Presbytery. Early preaching points included Nipawin, Codette, Sunny Brook and Moose Plains. By 1932, the latter two had been replaced by Dartmoor and Elkhorn. As of 1962, the charge consisted of Nipawin, Codette and Elkhorn, though the latter point would eventually drop and by the early 1990s, the charge would be re-named Nipawin-Codette Pastoral Charge. On January 1, 2006, Nipawin-Codette amalgamated with Torch River to form Bridging Waters Pastoral Charge.

Canora Ukranian Pastoral Charge

  • SCAA-UCCS-
  • Corporate body
  • 1925–ca.1963

Canora Ruthenian (later Ukranian) Pastoral Charge was formed as an augmented United Church charge in 1925, part of Kamsack Presbytery and consisting of appointments at Canora (St. Stephen's), Gorlitz, Rhein, Hyas, Hampton, Norquay, and White Sands. By 1940, Hyas had moved to Pelly Pastoral Charge and points at Bear Stream, Danbury, Glen Elder, Kamsack, and Rama had been added. As of 1962, only St. Stephen's (Canora), Gorlitz and Swan Plain remained in the charge -- which appears to have closed around 1964.

Fiske Pastoral Charge

  • SCAA-UCCS-
  • Corporate body
  • 1925–ca.1955

Fiske Pastoral Charge was formed as a new United Church charge in 1925, part of Kindersley Presbytery, with points at Fiske, McGee, Oscaloosa and Spring Valley (the latter was not listed in the charge by 1926). Between 1946 and 1951, the charge joined with Herschel to form Herschel-Fiske Pastoral Charge, with points at Anglia, Fiske, Herschel, and McGee. Fiske appears to have closed around the mid-1950s, with the remainder continuing as Herschel Pastoral Charge (made up of Herschel, Anglia and Stanraer, by 1962).

Coronach Pastoral Charge

  • SCAA-UCCS-
  • Corporate body
  • ca.1932–1968?

Coronach Pastoral Charge was formed as a United Church charge sometime between 1926 and 1932, part of Assiniboia Presbytery and consisting of preaching points at Coronach, Clydesdale and Hart. In the early 1940s, Buffalo Gap was also part of the charge, from what had previously been Buffalo Gap Pastoral Charge (ca.1926, with Caron, Beaver Creek and Dry Forks). By 1951, the charge had joined with Rock Glen Pastoral Charge to form Rock Glen - Coronach Pastoral Charge, with points at Rockglen, Coronach, Fife Lake, Hart and Clydesdale. The charges had separated again by 1958. As of 1962, Coronach Pastoral Charge consisted of the Coronach, Clydesdale and Willow Bunch congregations.

Around 1968/1969, Coronach combined with Rockglen Pastoral Charge (including Killdeer and Fife Lake) to create the new Borderlands Pastoral Charge.

United Church of Canada, Saskatchewan Conference

  • SCAA-UCCS-0001
  • Corporate body
  • 1925–2018

The United Church of Canada was formed in 1925, from a union of the Congregational Union of Canada, the Methodist Church and 70% of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, along with a number of churches organized under the General Council of Local Union Churches (mostly in Western Canada). Saskatchewan Conference was one of eleven regional Conferences established by the United Church of Canada General Council, at their inaugural meeting, in June 1925. Initially, the Conference contained 16 presbyteries but this number varied, in the years that followed.

In January 2019, as part of a larger restructuring of the United Church of Canada, Saskatchewan Conference and its seven existing presbyteries were combined into a single entity, initially identified as Region 4 and later renamed Living Skies Regional Council.

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