Fonds - Dunbar Heights United Church (Vancouver, B.C.) fonds

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Dunbar Heights United Church (Vancouver, B.C.) fonds

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  • 1922-2013 (Creation)
    Dunbar Heights Union Church (Vancouver, B.C.)

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3 m of textual records and other material

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Dunbar Heights United Church began in 1914 as a community Sunday School. The school was, in the fullest sense of the word, a Union School with scholars and teachers of several Protestant denominations studying and worshipping together. Toward the end of 1921 it was apparent that plans should be considered for the inauguration of worship services. More people were moving into the district and the Sunday School was growing. On January 23, 1922 a meeting was held in Dunbar Heights Sunday School to consider its future. Two motions were passed: one was that the Sunday School be carried on as a Union school under the auspices of some denomination; the other, that the Presbyterian Church be asked to take over the cause and conduct it in the best interests of the community.
When the Union congregation asked to be taken under the wing of the Presbyterian Church, the Presbytery of Westminster appointed the Session of Knox Church, Kerrisdale, as Interim Session. Knox Church continued in this capacity until December 31, 1922. In 1925 after Church Union, Dunbar Heights Union Church adopted the present name of Dunbar Heights United Church.
An increase in Sunday School attendance soon called for additional accommodations. On October 31, 1926 a dedication service was held at the new School and gymnasium. In the late 1940s an increasing population and growing interest in the church required the building of a new church. The church was officially opened and dedicated on March 18, 1951. The Dunbar Heights congregation amalgamated with Ryerson United Church to form Dunbar Ryerson United Church on January 1, 2017.

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Fonds consists of records from Dunbar Heights Union Church and Dunbar Heights United Church. Records include Baptismal register (1925-1961), Marriage registers (1925-1988), Burial permits (1948-1956), Burial registers (1957-1979); Communion Rolls (1923-1978), Communion Roll appendix (1939-1942), List of Members Received (1930-1939), Historic Rolls (1979-2013); Session minutes (1922-1990), Session minutes (unofficial) (1975-1989), Session correspondence and reports (1925-1989), Session reports (1925-1939), Session Elders District lists (1989-1990), Session Christian Initiation Study material (1979-1983), Stewards minutes (1926-1977), Stewards correspondence and reports (1925-1977), Official Board minutes (1926-1992), Official Board correspondence and reports (1958-1992), Trustees Fire Insurance records (1980-1982), Trustees Engineering report (1981), Trustees Building repairs (1980-1982), Trustees Building repair blueprints (1981), Congregational meetings minutes (1922-1992), Christian Education Committee minutes (1962-1992), Christian Education Committee correspondence (1960-1992), and reports (1961-1992), and program records (1963-1971), Worship and Music Committee minutes (1981-1989), Worship and Music Committee correspondence (1981-1988), and reports (1981-1985), Building Committee minutes and correspondence (1949-1951), Outreach Committee minutes (1976-1983), Library Committee (1972-1973); Ladies Auxiliary cash book (1927-1938), Woman's Association records (1930-1968), Woman's Missionary Society minutes (1945-1961), Woman's Association/Woman's Missionary Society/United Church Women historical memorabilia and reports (1923-1968), United Church Women records (1962-1987); As One That Serves minutes (1927-1963), As One That Serves correspondence and reports (1953-1966), As One That Serves programs and reports (1958-1963), and cash books (1936-1963); Sunday School minutes (1924-1938), Sunday School minutes and reports (1975-1981), Sunday School attendance record (1959-1973), Sunday School correspondence and reports (1967-1968), Sunday School survey (c.1935); Couples Club (1975-1983), Analysis of Dunbar Heights United Church attendance (1981-1982), Acknowledgement letters (Glen Baker) (1976-1983), Memorial Organ (1955); Worship Service Bulletins (1958); "Our Yesterdays, 1914-1968" (church history), historical memorbilia (1975, 1981), "Book of Remembrance" and committee minutes (1964-1965); Building and property records (1950-1959); Annual reports (1930-1997), Annual financial statements (1925-1952); Newsletters (1970-1997); unprocessed photographs and 35 mm slides; unprocessed oral history tapes and records.

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Records were transferred directly from Dunbar Heights United Church in 1994, 2012, and 2015


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BCAUL control number: UCCBC-356

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Revised February 2, 2015
Revised October 22, 2015

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  • English

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