Fonds PC008 - St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Sherbrooke) fonds

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St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Sherbrooke) fonds

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  • 1864-1999 (Creation)

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2,22 m of textual records. - 201 photographs. - 1 plan. - 4 architectural drawings. - 1 audio reel.

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St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, formerly known as the First Presbyterian Church, Sherbrooke, was organized in Sherbrooke in 1864, after many Scottish Presbyterian families had arrived in the city to work in the Paton mills. At that time, there was no church, manse nor property. The Congregation met in a theatre, which had formerly belonged to a Congregational Church. In 1888, a new church was built on the same site and this became St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. With the Church Union of 1925, the congregation lost one-tenth of its members as they joined the United Church of Canada. In July, 1999, the church building suffered extensive damage during a severe storm, which shifted some of its walls and destroyed a portion of the roof as well as two stained glass windows. Rather than attempt to restore the old building, it was decided to build a new church, which was erected in Lennoxville and inaugurated in 2004. Today, the Church is still active. St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church is under the jurisdiction of the Presbytery of Quebec of the Synod of Quebec and Eastern Ontario of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. The Church is governed by the congregation and the church courts (board of managers and session) in co-operation with committees, organizations and societies within the Church, such as the Sunday School and the Women's Missionary Society.

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The fonds contains source material on Church management, the congregation's affairs, and the activities of many Church organizations from 1864 to 1999. It consists mainly of registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials; minute books; communion rolls; orders of service; financial records; reports; and correspondence. The fonds is comprised of the following series: Vital Statistics (1865-1983), Session (1864-1997), Congregation (1893-1995), Board of Managers (1888-1982), Women's Organizations (1923-1990), Other Organizations (1905-1969, 1999), Photographs ([190-?]-[198-]), Ministers (1928-[198-?]), and Miscellaneous Documents ([1896?]-1993).

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Session minutes may be consulted only with the written approval of the given congregation or of the Presbytery. The registers of baptism, marriages, and burials may be restricted at the discretion of the Archivist.

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The following finding aid is available: Catalogue to the St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Sherbrooke) fonds (PC008), compiled by Sylvie Côté, 1998.

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The fonds was loaned for 50 years in 1996 by the Presbytery of Quebec of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
The classification of the fonds is based on the file classification plan established by Sylvie Côté, ETRC Archivist, for local Presbyterian Church records. However, some variants have been made to the original system to fit specific needs.
The documents are in English, with some in French and one in Hungarian.

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1 février, 2016

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