Fonds - Conference of Mennonites in British Columbia fonds

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Conference of Mennonites in British Columbia fonds

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7.59 m of textual records

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Although Mennonites moved to British Columbia as early as 1901, it was not until 1930 that the first Mennonite Church was founded in BC near the town of Sardis, presently known as Greendale. It was registered as "Mennonite Congregation of the General Conference". This name was then changed to "First Mennonite Church at Sardis, B.C.". In 1936 a Conference was organized including churches from Yarrow, Abbotsford, Coghlan, Black Creek, and Sardis under the name "Conference of the United Mennonite Churches of B.C.". At that time the total membership numbered 266. By 1964 the Conference included 18 churches with a membership of 2902. In 1977 the name was change to Conference of Mennonites in B.C. The Conference has been active in the work of missions, Bible Schools, Sunday School, relief and service and many other church activities. In 1995 the number of churches totalled 35 with a combined membership of 4498 persons.

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The fonds consists of constitution, minutes, correspondence, financial statements, annual reports, membership lists, ledger books, family registers, and subject files. The minutes, correspondence and other materials reflect the efforts of the Conference of Mennonites in developing the churches and their ministry in the province, as well as their ministry worldwide. Fonds incorporates records of the Bethel Bible Institute, the Bethel Youth Hostel, and family registers for parishes in Abbotsford, Armstrong, Black Creek, Coghlan, Mission City, Sardis, Vancouver and Yarrow.

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BCAUL control number: MEN-1281

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