Fonds PC001 - St. Paul's Presbyterian Church (Scotstown) fonds

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St. Paul's Presbyterian Church (Scotstown) fonds

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  • 1892-1994; predominant 1925-1994 (Creation)

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0,25 m of textual records. - 3 photographs.

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In 1925, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church of Scotstown decided to enter into the Dominion-wide union of Methodist, Congregational, and Presbyterian Churches to form the United Church of Canada. Members of St. Andrew's, unprepared to join this union, broke ties with St. Andrew's and established St. Paul's Presbyterian Church. In St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, services alternated between English and Gaelic, at first weekly, and then (by 1933) on a monthly basis until Gaelic services were dropped entirely in the mid-1950s. Over the years, St. Paul's Presbyterian Church grew, amalgamating surrounding Presbyterian congregations, notably St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Lake Megantic and Bethany Presbyterian Church in Milan in 1980. St. Paul'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, societies, and organizations within the Church, such as the Women's Missionary Society and the Ladies' Circle.

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The fonds contains source material on Church management, the congregation's affairs, and the activities of the women's organizations from 1925 to 1994. It consists mainly of minute books; registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials; communion rolls; annual reports; and accounting books. The fonds is comprised of the following series: Vital Statistics (1926-1994), Session (1925-1980), Congregation (1927-1993), Board of Managers (1926-1932), Women's Organizations (1954-1981), Photographs (1892-[1980?]), and Miscellaneous Documents (1949-1982).

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Session minutes (file PC001/002/001) may be consulted only with the written approval of the congregation or of the Presbytery of Quebec of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. The registers of Baptisms, 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. Paul's Presbyterian Church (Scotstown) fonds (PC001), compiled by Sylvie Côté, 1998.

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The fonds was loaned in 1996 for 50 years 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. Individual churches do not all have records falling in each of the system's prearranged series, subseries, and files. This fonds is an example, as it comprises only seven series out of a possible nine.
The documents are in English, except one in French.

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1 février, 2016

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