Fonds - First Congregational Church (Vancouver, B.C.) fonds

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First Congregational Church (Vancouver, B.C.) fonds

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  • 1888-1925 (Creation)
    First Congregational Church (Vancouver, B.C.)

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32 cm of textual records

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First Congregational Church held its first service on April 28, 1888 in Wilson Hall on the southwest corner of Cordova and Abbot Streets. The congregation was officially organized on June 17, 1888. It secured property on the corner of Richards and Georgia Streets and the new church was officially opened on December 8, 1889. In 1901, during the ministry of the Rev. J. H. Bainton, a controversy over Rev. Bainton's pacifism occurred, and a portion of the congregation split away to form Central Congregational Church. This congregation returned to First Congregational Church when Rev. Bainton was called to another church in 1903. By 1910, First Congregational Church was looking to move to another location. Property was purchased at the corner of Thurlow and Pendrell Streets and a temporary building was erected and opened on November 20, 1910. The new church building was opened on November 9, 1912. In 1925, First Congregational Church became a congregation of the United Church of Canada. At this time, First Congregational was amalgamated with St. John's United Church. The First Congregational Church building was given to the continuing Presbyterian Church. This became the property of Central Presbyterian Church which was made up of dissenting members of St. John's Presbyterian Church.

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Fonds consists of records from Central Congregational Church (Vancouver, B.C.) and First Congregational Church (Vancouver, B.C.). Records include Marriage registers (1901-1925) and a Burial register (1901-1903); Congregational rolls (1888-1924); Board of Management minutes (1910-1925), Monthly Church meetings minutes (1911-1925), Congregational Meetings minutes (1911-1925) and the Constitution of First Congregational Church (no date); Cooperation Committee of the Methodist, Congregational and Presbyterian Churches minutes and news clippings (1913); "The Congregational Magazine" (publication) (1899); and "The Herald" (newsletters) (1901).

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BCAUL control number: UCCBC-304

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