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Wesley United Church (Beebe) fonds
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1,225 m of textual records. - 140 photographs : b&w and col. - 1 compact disc ((24.6 MB; 35 photographs, 2 textual records)). - 1 video. -1 artefact.
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Wesley United Church, initially of Methodist denomination, was organized as an independent charge in 1875. A first church was erected in 1876-77 in Beebe. Fifteen years later, it became too small for the growing community, and another church was built in 1891. In 1925, when the United Church of Canada was founded, amalgamating Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational Churches, the Wesley Methodist Church in Beebe decided to join the Union. Wesley United Church has been strongly connected to the Graniteville United Church for some years. Since 1981 or 1982, the Church has been part of the United Steeples Pastoral Charge, which includes also Centenary United Church (Stanstead), Stanstead South United Church (Rock Island) and Graniteville United Church. Wesley United Church in Beebe is under the jurisdiction of the Quebec and Sherbrooke Presbytery of the Montreal and Ottawa Conference of the United Church of Canada. The Church is governed by the Official Board, the Session, the Board of Stewards, the Board of Trustees, a Joint Board and the Congregation in co-operation with committees and organizations within the Church, such as the Sunday School, the United Church Women and the Young People's Society.
Facing financial difficulties and a decreasing membership, the congregation of Wesley United Church decided to sell the building. The last service was held in Wesley United Church on 15 April 2007 and the building was sold 30 April 2007 to musicians to be made into a private residence and concert hall.
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The fonds contains source material on Church management, the congregation's affairs, and Church organizations for the Wesley United Church in Beebe from 1875 to 2018. It also provides partial information (minutes, annual reports, etc.) on Graniteville United Church. It consists mainly of minutes, annual reports, correspondence, certificates and licences, and account books. The fonds is comprised of the following series: Church Boards (1875-2009), Legal (1933-1940), Buildings and Property (1876-2014), Financial Resources (1908-2010), Annual Reports (1919-1978, 2007), Baptisms, Marriages and Burials (1879-1992), Orders of Service (1930-2007), Funds (1936-2006), Membership (1876-2018), Historical (1897-2007), Organizations (1901-2016), Committees ([after 1890]-1968), Photographs (1877, [192-?]-1991) and Miscellaneous ([195-?] and after) .
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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 are all arranged according to a common classification system established by Susan Stanley, former Montreal and Ottawa Conference Archivist.
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Most of the documents are in English, some in Spanish.
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Documents in file "Certificates of Judgement of Adoption" (UC007/008/003) are restricted for 150 years after their date of creation.
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Further accruals are not expected.
New accruals to the fonds were processed and described by Justin Gobeil, archival technician, in 2020 courtesy of funding received from Canadian Heritage.
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1 février, 2016