Fonds - Belmont Avenue United Church (Victoria, B.C.) fonds

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Belmont Avenue United Church (Victoria, B.C.) fonds

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  • 1899-2000 (Creation)
    Belmont Avenue United Church (Victoria, B.C.)

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1.14 m of textual records
28 photographs
6 architectural drawings

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Belmont Avenue United Church was formed in 1925 when Belmont Avenue Methodist Church entered church union. In 1891, Pandora Street Methodist Church began a Sunday School in the Spring Ridge area of Victoria, and this became known as the Spring Ridge Sunday School. In June 1895, a Sunday School hall was opened, after some years of the school meeting in various homes and halls. This hall was expanded in 1902, and in later years to accommodate the development of a congregation. In 1909, worship services began to be held, and in 1912, Belmont Avenue Methodist Church was formally organized. Finances were very precarious, and in 1923 Belmont Avenue joined with Hampshire Road Methodist and Oaklands Methodist to co-operate in sharing a minister among them. Oaklands Methodist Church was closed in 1924. In 1926, the Hampshire Road Church joined with St. Columba Presbyterian Church to become Oak Bay United Church. Belmont United Church was left to carry on its own, when the neighboring Knox Presbyterian Church voted not to enter church union. Belmont Avenue United Church disbanded on June 25, 2000.

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The Belmont Avenue Methodist Church was established in Victoria, B.C., in 1891.

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Fonds consists of records from Belmont Avenue United Church, and its predecessors, Belmont Avenue Methodist Church, and Spring Ridge Methodist Sunday School. The records include Baptism registers (1914-2000), Marriage (civil) registers (1928-1995), Marriage (church) registers (1995-1999), and Burial registers (1914-1999); Membership records (1914-2000); Session records (1948-1997), Stewards minutes (1926-1996), Stewardship and Finance Committee minutes (1998-2000), Official Board minutes (1912-1997), Church Council records (1997-2000), Trustees minutes (1893-1915), Congregational meetings minutes (1912-2000), Christian Development Committee minutes (1997-1998), Ministry and Personnel Committee minutes (1997-1999), Outreach Committee minutes (1997), Pastoral Care and Membership Committee minutes (1997), Building Committee Correspondence (1969-1971), Worship and Music Committee minutes (1997-2000), and Restructuring/Governance Committee minutes (1996); Woman's Association Fidelis Circle minutes (1951-1962), Woman's Association Jubilee Circle minutes (1949-1962), Women's Missionary Society Evening Auxiliary minutes (1948-1951), Women's Missionary Society Sherwood Auxiliary minutes (1908-1950) and Treasurer's Book (1944-1959), United Church Women minutes (1962-1989), United Church Women Fidelis Unit minutes (1962-2000), United Church Women Jubilee Unit minutes (1976-1982), and United Church Women Shelbourne Unit minutes (1969-1996); Men's Association minutes (1945-1960); Sunday School minutes (1904-1930); Epworth League minutes (1899-1918); Choir minutes (1952-1997) and financial records (1956-1997), and Couples Club minutes (1952-1997); Revitalization Program file (1987), Church History records and memorabilia (1895-1995); Annual reports (1951-1999); "Belmont Newsletter" and "Belmont News and Views" (Newsletters) (1982-1999); Photographs; Architectural Drawings (1971); and Guest Registers (1952-2000).

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File list available. Online Finding Aid

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BCAUL control number: UCCBC-234

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Revised February 9, 2010

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