Fonds - Canadian Memorial United Church (Vancouver, B.C.) fonds

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Canadian Memorial United Church (Vancouver, B.C.) fonds

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  • 1925-2008 (Creation)
    Canadian Memorial United Church (Vancouver, B.C.)
  • 1923-1925 (Creation)
    Canadian Memorial Chapel (Vancouver, B.C.)
  • 1904-1923 (Creation)
    Sixth Avenue Methodist Church (Vancouver, B.C.)
  • 1903-1904 (Creation)
    Fairview Methodist Church (Vancouver, B.C.)
    Vancouver Island

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7.1 m of textual records
506 photographs
32 architectural drawings
7 audio recordings
2 realia

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Canadian Memorial United Church was formed in 1925, from predecessor congregations. Fairview Methodist Church (1900-1904) became Sixth Avenue Methodist Church (1904-1923), and amalgamated with Fourteenth Avenue Methodist Church (1910-1923) to form a Canadian Memorial Chapel congregation, which entered church union in 1925. This congregation first met in their Community Centre (dedicated 1923), until the church sanctuary was opened in 1928. This church was founded, mainly through the efforts of the Rev. (Lt. Col.) George Fallis, for the cause of world peace, and as a memorial to those who served in the First World War, 1914-1918. It was known as Canadian Memorial Chapel for many years after Church Union. Considered a church of national significance, it is the only place besides the Peace Tower in Ottawa that houses the Books of Remembrance, which list the Canadian war dead of the First and Second World Wars.

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Canadian Memorial Chapel was the result of an amalgamation of Sixth Avenue Methodist Church and Fourteenth Avenue Methodist Church. It became known as Canadian Memorial United Church after Church Union in 1925.

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Sixth Avenue Methodist Church was the new name given to Fairview Methodist Church in 1904. Sixth Avenue amalgamated with Fourteenth Avenue Methodist Church in 1923 to form Canadian Memorial Chapel.

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Fairview Methodist Church became Sixth Avenue Methodist Church in 1904.

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Fonds contains records of Canadian Memorial United Church and its predecessors, Canadian Memorial Chapel and Sixth Avenue Methodist Church. Records include Baptism registers (1920-1982), Marriage registers (1918-1985), and Burial registers (1922-1987); Membership records (1924-1983); Session minutes (1931-1969), Stewards minutes (1931-1967), Official Board and Council minutes (1918-1996), Congregational Meetings minutes (1933-1996), Building Committee records (1922-1929); Correspondence (1934-1994); Church school records (1906-1981); Women's group records (1903-2008); Men's group records (1950-1980); Youth group records (1917-1975); Music program records (1950-1999); Annual reports (1926-2006); Building and property records (1922-1998); Financial records (1918-1933); Naramata Trek records (1956-1996); Communications (1962-1999); Col. George Fallis Collection (1917-1998); Anniversaries and special events (1928-2003); Historical writings and recordings ([1925?]-2003); Clergy sermons and biographical information (1962-1994); Scrap books (1929-1995); Portraits and architectural photographs (1915-1980); Realia ([195-?] and 1957); and Reference materials (1936-1986).

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Canadian Memorial United Church (Vancouver, BC)


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BCAUL control number: UCCBC-232

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Revised November 1, 2012

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  • English

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