Fonds WES WE - West Vancouver United Church fonds

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West Vancouver United Church fonds

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  • 1915-2008 (Creation)
    West Vancouver United Church

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  • 68 cm of textual records
  • ? architectural drawings

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Presbyterian worship services were begun informally in West Vancouver in 1908, in a private home, attracting people of several denominations. In 1911, a church was erected, but the Methodist members withdrew and built their own church. The Methodist congregation was affiliated with the North Lonsdale Methodist Church in North Vancouver, with whom they shared a minister. In 1915, the congregations met together, and over the next few years they consolidated their union of Presbyterians, Methodists, Congregationalists and Baptists. This was the first Union Church in British Columbia, and was formalized with a Constitution and Articles of Faith in 1919. The Articles of Faith provided for Baptist baptismal practices. In 1920, the two church buildings were brought together on the site of the present church, and the remodeled church included a baptismal room. In 1925, with the founding of the United Church of Canada, the Baptist members withdrew, to organize their own church.

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Fonds consists of records of West Vancouver United Church and its predecessor, West Vancouver Union Church. Records include Unofficial Session minutes (1969), Board of Managers correspondence and building records (1919-1928), Official Board minutes (1915-1918), Unofficial Board minutes (1971-1972), Ministry and Personnel Committee plan (2000), Music Committee minutes and correspondence (1957-1958), Organ Committee feasability study (1990-1991); Women's Federation minutes (1959-1961), Women's Federation Coordinating Committee minutes and reports (1959), Women's Federation/Woman's Association Financial records (1956-1961), Woman's Association minutes (1940-1959) and financial records (1929-1955), Women's Missionary Society minutes (1948-1959) and membership records (1949-1958), Women's Missionary Society Anne Copithorne Auxiliary minutes (1950-1955) and financial records (1945-1961), United Church Women Annual reports (1981-2008); "The Founding of West Vancouver United Church, 1908-1919" by Maria J. Brown (church history) (1969), "Steps Toward Union: West Vancouver United Church," by Dianne Whidden (church history) (1972), Memorabilia articles by Rupert Harrison (1972), Historical news clippings (1920-1980), Historical notes (1917-1985); Homosexual ordination correspondence and reports (1988), Memorial Gifts lists (1963-1978), Pim Bequest correspondence (1985); Annual reports (1921-2000); Newsletters (1981-2000); Architectural plans (1958, 1963); Favourite recipes (1955), Photo Directories (1981, 1985, 1989).

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Records transferred to Archives in 1992 and 2019; dates of interim accruals not established


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BCAUL control number: UCCBC-249

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Revised May 18, 2010
Revised April 9, 2019

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  • English

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