Fonds - Knox United Church (Trail, B.C.) fonds

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Knox United Church (Trail, B.C.) fonds

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  • 1895-1986 (Creation)
    Knox United Church (Trail, B.C.)

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1 m of textual records

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In May of 1895, a Presbyterian missionary conducted the first Protestant service in Trail. The need for a church soon became evident and plans were made to erect a suitable building, which was opened for worship in September 1886. This was the first church built in Trail and made available for use by other denominations. About 1917 the Presbyterians felt that they should build a more serviceable church to meet the need of an expanding population. World War I prevented any definite move until February 1920, when a congregational meeting decided to build a new church. In December 1921, Knox United Church was formerly opened. Following Church union in 1925 the Trail Methodist Church united with the Knox Presbyterian congregation to form Knox United Church. Following the Second World War the church experienced phenomenal growth and the need for expansion was felt, resulting in the opening of a new building in October of 1960. By action of the Kootenay Presbytery in the fall of 1969 the congregation of the Genelle United Church was reconstituted as part of the Knox Pastoral Charge. In 1984, Kootenay Presbytery approved the joint application of Knox United Church and East Trail United Church to become a two-point pastoral charge in Trail. In January of 1985 the two congregations became a two point Trail Pastoral Charge functioning with one Official Board. The full amalgamation of Trail Pastoral Charge occurred in 1987, when Knox United was renamed Trail United Church, and the East Trail property was sold.

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Fonds consists of records from Knox United Church and its predecessor, Knox Presbyterian Church. Records include Baptismal registers (1917-1986), Marriage registers (1916-1986), Burial registers (1922-1986); Membership records (1892-1968); Session minutes (1912-1964), Board of Managers/Stewards minutes (1913-1930), Stewards minutes (1963-1982), Official Board minutes (1959-1985), Congregational meeting minutes (1913-1985); Ladies' Aid minutes (1914-1920), Woman's Association minutes (1949-1961), Woman's Missionary Society minutes (1921-1950), United Church Women minutes (1962-1969); Annual reports (1931-1984); and Newsletters (1981).

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Records were transferred directly from Knox United Church in 1982, 1984, 1987. Subsequent accruals were received from Trail United Church in 1992 and 2014.


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  • English

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Box list available. Online Finding Aid

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A.R. Waldie fonds, Trail City Archives

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No further accruals expected

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BCAUL control number: UCCBC-345

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Revised September 4, 2014

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  • English

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