Fonds FL 034 - Balcarres Pastoral Charge fonds

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Balcarres Pastoral Charge fonds

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FL 034

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  • 1906–2007 (Creation)

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83 cm (approx.) of textual records

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(1925–1969?, 1989–)

Administrative history

Balcarres Pastoral Charge was formed as a new United Church charge in 1925, including points at Wrights and Saltoun. By the 1960s, Wrights and Saltoun were no longer noted but points at Duff and Lorie had been incorporated, under the name Balcarres-Pheasant Forks Pastoral Charge. This was combined with Abernethy-Lemberg Pastoral Charge (a.k.a. Lemberg-Abernethy Pastoral Charge), ca.1969, to create Pheasant Creek Larger Parish. In 1989, the Parish split up into Abernethy-Lemberg, Balcarres, and Duff Pastoral Charges.

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Pheasant Creek Larger Parish was a pastoral charge created around 1969, from an amalgamation of Abernethy-Lemberg Pastoral Charge (with Abernethy, Lemberg and Neudorf points), Balcarres-Pheasant Forks Pastoral Charge (with Balcarres, Duff and Lorlie points) and File Hills "Indian" Pastoral Charge. Around 1980, File Hills separated to re-establish itself as a separate charge.

As of July 1, 1989, the charge was split into Abernethy-Lemberg (a.k.a. Lemberg-Abernethy), Balcarres, and Duff Pastoral Charges.

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(1925–1969?, ca.1980–)

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File Hills Pastoral Charge was formed as a new United Church charge in 1925, as the File Hills Colony Mission Field, part of the Abernethy Presbytery. It primarily consists of the File Hills (Wanakepew) preaching place, near Kamsack, Saskatchewan. From about 1969 to 1979/1980, File Hills was part of Pheasant Creek Larger Parish, before being re-established as a separate charge.

In 1984, File Hills Pastoral Charge joined the new Plains Presbytery, which became part of the All Native Circle Conference when it was formed, in 1989.

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Administrative history

Pheasant Forks Pastoral Charge was formed as a new United Church charge in 1925, part of Abernethy Presbytery and including points at Pheasant Forks, Duff and Lorlie. By 1962, the points joined with Balcarres Pastoral Charge to form the combined Balcarres - Pheasant Forks Pastoral Charge. Around 1969, the joint-charge amalgamated with Abernethy-Lemberg Pastoral Charge (with Abernethy, Lemberg and Neudorf points) and File Hills Pastoral Charge to become the new Pheasant Creek Larger Parish.

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. An additional accrual was received by Saskatchewan Conference archives around 2015.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of textual materials generated by Balcarres Pastoral Charge, Pheasant Creek Larger Parish and constituent churches – their boards, committees and related bodies, local women’s units and other groups.

Contents include: minutes of church boards, sessions and stewards meetings; meetings of local Women’s Missionary Society (W.M.S.) and United Church Women (U.C.W.) groups; a communion roll covering Balcarres, Wrights and Saltoun; and registers of baptisms, marriages and burials held at Balcarres and File Hills. Early minutes also include a 1925 joint meeting of Presbyterian and Methodist churches. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian/United Church (Balcarres), Wrights, Saltoun, and File Hills are among the congregations and communities identified in this fonds.

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Immediate source of acquisition

Accruals to the collection (listed under XV.SR.) were received ca.2015 from St. Andrew's United Church, Balcarres. Previous records were likely also received via representatives of the Pastoral Charge.


Original order for many of these records is unclear. Items under A.381.XV.A and A.381.XV.B were arranged and listed as local church records sometime before 1990 and XV.SR.1490 to SR.1510 were added in 2018. The fonds was created in 2021, to include records previously listed and any new accruals.

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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.

Finding aids

GS-168 includes original file listings.

Associated materials

Digital copies of select documents are also held by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Further accruals are expected.

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Textual records: A.381.XV.A.206 to A.212, A.4557 to A.4561; A.381.XV.B.227, B.228; XV.SR.1323 to SR.1327, SR.1490 to SR.1510

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