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Swift Current First Pastoral Charge fonds
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3.2 metres (approx.) of textual records
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Swift Current Pastoral Charge was formed after the union of Knox United Church and Metropolitan United Church, in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, in 1943. Prior to 1925, Knox had been a Presbyterian field and Metropolitan a Methodist field. After the founding of Grace United Church nearby, the earlier Swift Current church was renamed (by popular vote) to become First United Church, ca.1958. Pastoral charges similarly adopted the new names of these churches. On February 14, 1987, Rush Lake – Burnam – Neidpath Pastoral Charge (Cypress Hills Presbytery) was amalgamated into Swift Current First Pastoral Charge.
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Waldeck Pastoral Charge was formed as a United Church Mission Field in 1925, part of Swift Current Presbytery. In 1926, it was changed to an aid-receiving Pastoral Charge, with additional appointments at Rush Lake and Cutbank. Around 1932, the name had changed to Waldeck-Herbert Pastoral Charge but it returned to Waldeck by 1936, maintaining points at Waldeck, Herbert and Rush Lake. Around 1970, congregations from Neidpath and Burnham (formerly Neidpath Pastoral Charge) joined Waldeck and Rush Lake, under the new name Rush Lake - Burnham - Neidpath Pastoral Charge. On February 14, 1987, the charge amalgamated into Swift Current First Pastoral Charge.
Original provenance for many of the records in the fonds is unclear. Initial items were transferred to the archives between 1925 and 1986, with further batches added around the 1990s, early 2000s and ca.2016-2022.
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The fonds consists of textual materials generated by Swift Current First Pastoral Charge and its various predecessors, including Swift Current Knox Pastoral Charge, Swift Current Metropolitan Pastoral Charge, Cantaur Circuit, Waldeck Pastoral Charge, and Rush Lake - Burnham - Neidpath Pastoral Charge, as well as their constituent congregations – church boards, committees and related bodies, local women’s units and other groups.
Contents include: minutes of official boards, Stewards, Session, congregational, and committee meetings; records of local Ladies Aid Society, Women’s Missionary Society (W.M.S.), Woman’s Associations (W.A.), and United Church Women (UC.W.), as well as men’s (A.O.T.S.) groups; Sunday School and youth group records, including local C.G.I.T. units; some financial records and annual reports; communion and historic rolls; Home Mission Record Books from Rush Lake, Neidpath, Burnham, Braddock, Ashley Park (Swift Current), and Waldeck; and registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials held at Swift Current (including Knox, Metropolitan and First Churches), Success, Beverley, Neidpath, Rush Lake, Herbert, Cantaur, and related locations.
Immediate source of acquisition
Original order for many of these records is unclear. Items under XV.A and XV.B. were arranged and listed as local church records sometime before 1990 and accruals (under XV.SA, XV.SC and XV.SR) were added in batches, around 1992, 1998, 2003-2006, 2013, 2018 and 2022. The fonds was created in 2023, to include records previously listed and any new accruals.
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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.
GS-168 includes original file listings.
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Further accruals are expected.
Textual records: A.381.XV.A.312, A.425, A.2513 to A.2518, A.3993 to A.3998, A.4000 to A.4001, A.4273 to A.4277, A.5834 to A.5907, A.6412, A.6536 to A.6549, A.6598 to A.6624, A.6819 to A.6829, A.6906 to A.6908; A.381.XV.B.275, B.308 to B.309, B.339; A.785.XV.SA.354 to SA.361, SA.1283 to SA.1286, SA.1287A, SA.1287B, SA.1288 to SA.1290, A.923.XV.SA.1772 to SA.1776, SA.1779 to SA.1781, SA.1792, SA.3386 to SA.3403, SA.3406; A.1037.XV.SR.618; A.1078.XV.SC.71 to SC.84; A.1084.XV.SC.1039, SC.1095 to SC.1100; XV.SR.1221 to SR.1244, SR.2001 to SR.2012, SR.2391 to SR.2426