Fonds FL 031 - Avonlea, Blue Hill, Briercrest Pastoral Charges fonds

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Avonlea, Blue Hill, Briercrest Pastoral Charges fonds

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  • Textual record

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FL 031

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  • 1903–2002 (Creation)

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1.1 metres (approx.) of textual records

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Administrative history

Avonlea Pastoral Charge was formed as a new self-sustaining United Church charge in 1925, part of Moose Jaw Presbytery and with appointments at Avonlea and Hearne. By 1940, Sinclair Hill had also been added to the charge. As of 1951, the charge consisted of Avonlea, Crystal Hill and Hearne. Around 1971, the charge amalgamated with Briercrest Pastoral Charge, to form Avonlea-Briercrest Pastoral Charge (later Avonlea - Blue Hill Pastoral Charge), including points at Blue Hill and Hearne.

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Briercrest Pastoral Charge was formed as a new self-sustaining United Church charge in 1925, part of Moose Jaw Presbytery and consisting of appointments at Briercrest -- southeast of Moose Jaw -- and Blue Hill (as of 1926). Prior to union, it appears to have been a largely Methodist-served charge that covered the Briercrest and Blue Hill congregations. Additional points in the United Church charge included Tilney (by 1932) and Baildon (by 1940).

Around 1971, the charge amalgamated with Avonlea Pastoral Charge, to form Avonlea-Briercrest Pastoral Charge, including points at Blue Hill and Hearne.

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Avonlea-Briercrest Pastoral Charge was formed around 1971, in Moose Jaw Presbytery, from an amalgamation of Briercrest and Avonlea Pastoral Charges. Preaching points have included Avonlea, Blue Hill, and Briercrest (until it closed June 30, 2013). As of September 28, 2013, the name changed to Avonlea - Blue Hill Pastoral Charge.

Custodial history

Original provenance for many of the records in the fonds is unclear. Initial items were transferred to the archives between 1925 and 1986. Additions were received by Saskatchewan Conference in multiple batches, likely between 2006 and 2018.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of textual materials generated by Avonlea Pastoral Charge, Briercrest Pastoral Charge, Avonlea – Blue Hill and various constituent churches – their boards, committees and related bodies, local women’s units and other groups.

Contents include: minutes of church boards, sessions, stewards, congregational, trustee and committee meetings; choir, Mission Band and Sunday School records; minutes and financial records from some of the local Ladies Aid Society, Women’s Missionary Society (W.M.S.), Woman’s Association (W.A.), Women’s Federation (W.F.), and United Church Women (U.C.W.) groups; historic rolls and membership records; a Home Mission Record Book from Baildon, ca.1930; and registers documenting baptisms, marriages and burials at Avonlea, Briercrest, Tilney, Blue Hill, Baildon, and related locations. There are also records relating to the Briercrest unit of Canadian Girls in Training (C.G.I.T.).

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Original order for many of these records is unclear. Items under XV.A and B were arranged and listed as local church records sometime before 1990, with the XV.SC groups added around 2006 and 2009, and the XV.SR group added by 2018. The fonds was created in 2021, based on historical relationships between the congregations involved and the records previously listed.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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Some records are restricted, to protect personal information.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication, and/or reproduction of records are subject to the conditions of the Copyright Act. Church registers may not be photographed, scanned or otherwise copied without written permission from the Regional Council. Please consult archivist for assistance.

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GS-168 includes original file listings.

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Further accruals are expected.

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Textual records: A.381.XV.A.219 to A.223, A.464 to A.471, A.5123 to A.5170; A.381.XV.B.255 to B.257; A.1084.XV.SC.1065 to SC.1589, SC.1655; XV.SR.1190 to SR.1213

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