Fonds F2516 - St. Matthew's United Church (Toronto, Ont.) fonds

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St. Matthew's United Church (Toronto, Ont.) fonds

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CA ON00340 F2516

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5.04 m of textual records
14 photographs
1 drawing

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St. Matthew's United Church, located at 729 St. Clair Avenue near Rushton Road, was founded in 1966 when St. Clair and St. Columba United Churches amalgamated It was soon joined by Epworth United Church and Oakwood United. It is still an active congregation of the United Church of Canada.

St. Clair United Church was Methodist in origin, starting in 1876 when residents of the Bracondale neighbourhood began meeting in various homes. A meeting house was erected in 1878, and in 1890 a new building was dedicated at the corners of St. Clair and Rushton, known as Zion Methodist. A subsequent rebuilding on the same site from 1914-1924, and a new name, St. Clair, was adopted prior to the congregation joining the United Church in 1925.

St. Columba was originally a Presbyterian Church mission, at the corners of Alcina Street and Vaughan Road in 1890. This work was abandoned in 1896 and a subsequent mission in 1902 developed into a new church at St. Clair and Vaughan (1903), known as Wychwood Presbyterian. In 1918 the name was changed to St. Columba, and new construction in 1924 resulted in a larger church joining the United Church in the following year.

Epworth United, located at the corners of Yarmouth and Christie streets, south of Dupont Street, was erected in 1890 as a Methodist Church. It joined with St. Matthew's in 1981.

Oakwood United Church began life as a mission of the Earlscourt Methodist Church in 1913, and became a separate church in 1917 with a building near the corners of Vaughan Road and Glenora. In 1975 it joined with St. Matthew's as a two-point charge, later being absorbed into the larger congregation.

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This material forms part of the Ontario Regional Councils program of the United Church of Canada Archive.

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Fonds consists of records of St. Clair Methodist Church (including Zion Methodist), Toronto, 1883-1924; records of Epworth Methodist Church (including Christie Mission), Toronto, 1887-1922; and records of St. Columba Presbyterian Church (includes Wychwood Presbyterian), Toronto, 1904-1917; records, including baptisms 1903-1931, marriages, 1902-1965, and burials, 1907-1966, of St. Clair United Church (including St. Clair Methodist and Zion Methodist), Toronto, 1903-1966; records, including marriages, 1925-1968 and burials, 1933-1973, of Epworth United Church (including Epworth Methodist), Toronto, 1896-1981; records, including baptisms, 1931-1984, marriages, 1918-1985, 2001-2002, burials, 1931-1986, of Oakwood United Church (including Oakwood Methodist), Toronto, Ontario, 1918-2002; records, including marriages, 1941-1966 and burials, 1948-1966, of St. Columba United Church (including St. Columba Presbyterian), 1918-1966; and records, including marriages, 1961-1978, and burials, 1966-1975, of St. Matthew's United Church (including St. Columba and St. Clair United Churches), 1935-1980.

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Parts of the textual records are available on microfilm reel(s) LCM-192: positive and negative; 35 mm. For a listing of these records, see the LCR Microfilm Shelf List. LCM reels are available through Inter- Library Loan.

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Access to baptismal, marriage and burial registers may be restricted according to relevant privacy legislation.

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Use microfilm where available

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Toronto Conference - Metropolitan Toronto - finding aid 289

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Index of baptisms, marriages, and burials before 1925 available in the Reading Room. See publication Toronto Davenport United Churches (formerly Methodist and Presbyterian), Ontario Genealogical Society.

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