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

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Renfrew United Church (Vancouver, B.C.) fonds

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  • 1911-2006 (Creation)
    Renfrew United Church (Vancouver, B.C.)

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1.78 m of textual records
538 photographs

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Renfrew United Church was constructed in 1926. From this period until 1929 the church depended upon supply ministers and theological students. From 1930 until 1934 Renfrew United Church was part of a two-point charge with Secord United Church. In the spring of 1933 as a result of growing attendance the Church erected a Sunday school building. In 1935 Renfrew United had its own minister however as the Second World War approached there was a shortage of clergy and Renfrew was linked primarily with Beaconsfield from 1936 until 1948. In 1949 Renfrew United Church was part of a two-point charge with Renfrew Heights which was called Renfrew-Renfrew Heights. Renfrew Heights was made a separate charge in 1952 and Renfrew United became self-supporting in 1953. The growing congregation soon outgrew the small Church and a new church was built, and was dedicated on November 14, 1957. During the years 1986 and 1987 the Renfrew Pastoral Charge included a East Vancouver Multicultural congregation.

On January 8, 1989 Renfrew United amalgamated with the Korean United Church calling themselves the Renfrew-Korean Pastoral Charge. In 1994, the amalgamation was dissolved through an act of Vancouver-Burrard Presbytery, and the the two congregations were recognized as equal partners in the single building. A joint oversight committee, consisting of three voting members from each congregation was established to make decisions on issues affecting both congregations. In 2003 the Korean United Church moved from the Renfrew church building to a church building in Burnaby, formerly used by St. Paul's United Church. Renfrew United Church was disbanded in 2006.

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Fonds consists of records from Renfrew United Church, River Avenue Methodist Circuit, Wilson Heights Methodist Church, Dundonald United Church, Highland Park United Church and Secord United Church. Records include Baptismal register (1913-2006), Marriage registers (1921-2004), Burial registers (1921-1968), Burial permits (1946-1971); Membership records (1930-2004); Board and committee records (1911-2005); Legal/property records (1957-1989); Women's group records (1945-1974); Sunday school records (1959-1974); Youth group records (1967-1968); Correspondence/subject files (1958-2006); Congregational financial records (1928-1968); Annual reports (1951-2005); Newsletters (1970-1978); and Photographs (1940-2006).

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Records were transferred directly from Renfrew United Church to Archives in 1982, 1996, and 2006


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  • English

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BCAUL control number: UCCBC-361

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Revised October 3, 2018

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