Fonds - Wallace Street Methodist Church (Nanaimo, B.C.) fonds

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Wallace Street Methodist Church (Nanaimo, B.C.) fonds

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    • 1932-1934 (Creation)
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      St. Andrew's United Church (Nanaimo, B.C.)
    • 1925-1932 (Creation)
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      First United Church (Nanaimo, B.C.)
    • 1859-1925 (Creation)
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      Wallace Street Methodist Church (Nanaimo. B.C.)

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    23 cm of textual records

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    The first Methodist services in Nanaimo were conducted in 1857 and the original Nanaimo Circuit covered an area from Comox to Salt Spring Island. Ebenezer Wesleyan Methodist Church was built in 1860. It was later known as Nanaimo Methodist Church and, after the Haliburton Street congregation became a separate circuit in 1892, as Wallace Street Methodist Church. In 1925, the congregation of Wallace Street Methodist Church and those members of St. Andrew's Presbyterian who were in favour of union joined to form First United Church (Nanaimo, B.C.). A large proportion of the Presbyterians voted against union, and court action ensued regarding the legality of the vote. Finally, it was decided that First United Church would have the Presbyterian church and manse and that the continuing Presbyterians would have the Wallace Street church and parsonage. The former Wallace Street Methodist Church building was subsequently demolished in 1929, to be replaced by a new Presbyterian church. First United changed its name to St. Andrew’s United Church in about 1934.

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    The first Methodist services in Nanaimo were conducted in 1857. The original Nanaimo Circuit covered an area from Comox to Saltspring Island. Ebenezer Wesleyan Methodist Church was built in 1860. It was later known as Nanaimo Methodist Church and, after the Haliburton Street congregation became a separate circuit in 1892, as Wallace Street Methodist Church. Presbyterian services were first held in the Court House in 1865. St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church was opened in 1866. In 1925, the congregation of Wallace Street Methodist Church and the members of St. Andrew's Presbyterian who were in favour of union joined to form First United Church (Nanaimo, B.C.). A large proportion of the Presbyterians voted against union, and court action ensued regarding the legality of the vote and the disposal of property. Legal counsel advised using the name of St. Andrew's, and for a short period, both names appear in the records. The final decision regarding the property was that St. Andrew's United Church would have the Presbyterian church and manse and that the continuing Presbyterians would have the Wallace Street property. This situation was the only case of union litigation in British Columbia. From 1966 to 1977, St. Andrew's was part of an area ministry known as Nanaimo Larger Parish or Nanaimo Combined Congregation, which also included Haliburton Street, Cedar, and the Chinese and Indian Missions. After Cedar United Church became part of the Nanaimo River Pastoral Charge in 1977 and the Haliburton Street property was sold in 1978, St. Andrew's continued in association with the Indian and Chinese congregations.

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    Fonds consists of records from Wallace Street United Church Wallace Street Methodist Church and Nanaimo Wesleyan Methodist Church. Records include Baptismal records (1903-1928), Marriage records (1900-1928), Burial records (1903-1928); Official Board minutes (1912-1925); and Sunday School records (1859-1933).

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    Accession details were not documented; records were received prior to 2006

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    • English

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      File list available. Online Finding Aid

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      Wallace Street Methodist Church Collection, Nanaimo Community Archives

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      No further accruals expected

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      BCAUL control number: UCCBC-326

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      NAN WA

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      United Church of Canada British Columbia Conference Archives

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      Dates of creation, revision and deletion

      Revised August 23, 2014
      Revised January 20, 2015
      Revised July 20, 2017

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      • English

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