Fonds UC083 - Cowansville Area Pastoral Charge fonds

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Cowansville Area Pastoral Charge fonds

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  • 1966-2018, predominant 1966-1996 (Creation)

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0,45 m of textual records.

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The Cowansville Area Pastoral Charge, originally called the Cowansville Pastoral Charge, was established in 1965 after the dissolution of the Cowansville-Dunham Pastoral Charge. Initially, the Pastoral Charge consisted of Emmanuel United Church (Cowansville) and East Farnham United Church. However, largely as a result of ministerial vacancies, Grace United Church (Farnham) and Brigham United Church joined them in 1969 and in 1971 the name of the Pastoral Charge was changed to the Cowansville Area Pastoral Charge. During its existence, the Cowansville Area Pastoral Charge has supported and participated in a large number of activities to serve the church community as well as the wider Cowansville area community. Some of these have include Christian groups for men, women, youth, and young children, annual events such as the Flower Show, retreats, summer programs, and sponsoring foster children. Additionally, the Cowansville Area Pastoral Charge was closely linked to other pastoral charges, primarily the Knowlton and the Sutton-Dunham Pastoral Charges, through the Larger Parish Council, and participated in shared activites such as puplit exchanges between ministers. Although some of the church buildings have been sold, the Cowansville Area Pastoral Charge continues to represent the communities of Cowansville, East Farnham, Farnham, and Brigham.

The Cowansville Area Pastoral Charge is under the jurisdiction of the Quebec and Sherbrooke Presbytery of the Montreal and Ottawa Conference of the United Church of Canada. The Pastoral Charge is governed by the Official Board in co-operation with organizations and committees.

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The fonds contains source material on the management and affairs of the Cowansville Area Pastoral Charge from 1966 to 2018. It consists of minutes, insurance records, legal documents, financial reports, annual reports, registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials, newsletters, and correspondence. The fonds is comprised of the following series: Church Boards (1966-1994), Legal ([197-]-1996), Financial (1966-1975), Annual Reports (1966-1993, 1996-2001, 2003, 2006-2012, 2016-2018), Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials (1968-1993), Membership (1972-1978), Newsletters (1972, 1978, 1993), Organizations (1987-1988), Committees (1984-1996), and Miscellaneous (1987-1995).

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The registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials may be restricted at the discretion of the Archivist.

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Researchers may also consult Emmanuel United Church (Cowansville) fonds (UC031), East Farnham United Church fonds (UC070), Brigham United Church fonds (UC079), Grace United Church (Farnham) fonds (UC061), and Cowansville-Dunham Pastoral Charge fonds (UC082).


Further accruals are expected.

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The documents were loaned in 1993 by the Montreal and Ottawa Conference of the United Church of Canada.
The archives of the Quebec and Sherbrooke Presbytery local churches and pastoral charges are all arranged according to a common classification system established by Susan Stanley, former Montreal and Ottawa Conference Archivist.
The documents are in English.

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1 février, 2016

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