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Trinity United Church (Sherbrooke) fonds
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2,09 m of textual records. - 38 photographs. - 7 maps and plans.
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The Trinity United Church was established in Sherbrooke by the Rev. John Douglas of Melbourne in 1846. It was then called the Trinity Methodist Church. In 1925, Trinity Methodist Church entered into the dominion-wide union of Protestant churches and then became known as the Trinity United Church. In 1971, the Trinity United Church amalgamated with Plymouth United Church to form Plymouth-Trinity United Church. Prior to its formation, the pastoral oversight of the region was carried out from 1819 by Rev. John Du Putron, minister and circuit rider of the Wesleyan Methodist Society in Melbourne. Trinity Methodist Church was governed in a manner, which was in keeping with the Wesleyan Methodist doctrine. The Bishop appointed clergy and presiding elders to administer sacraments and supervise the district. As the congregation grew, members formed church boards (Board of Trustees, Official Board, Joint Board, Session, Board of Stewards and Congregation) and committees to oversee church affairs. The Church also had societies and organizations for children, women and men. The Trinity United Church is part of the Quebec-Sherbrooke Presbytery of the Montreal-Ottawa Conference of the United Church of Canada.
The Trinity Methodist Church records remained in the custody of the Trinity United Church, and subsequently Plymouth-Trinity United Church. Between 1989 and 1991, the records were transferred in many accessions to the Montreal-Ottawa Conference Archives then located at Bishop's University. In 1993, the archives of the Conference moved to Montreal, but the records of the Quebec-Sherbrooke Presbytery and its local churches remained at Bishop's University under the management of the Eastern Townships Research Centre. The registers of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, and some documents were transferred by Plymouth-Trinity United Church to the archives in 1994.
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The fonds contains source material on the management of the church, on the congregation affairs, and on the activities of the church societies and organizations for the Trinity United Church in Sherbrooke from 1839 to 1981. It consists of minutes, correspondence, newsletters, reports, financial statements, accounting records, legal documents, bequests, building blueprints, plans, insurance policies, registers of births, deaths and marriages, memberships lists, historic rolls, press clippings, church histories and photographs. The fonds is comprised of the following series: Church Boards (1846-1972), Legal (1870-1959), Buildings and Property (1886-1972), Financial (1886-1971), Banns\Marriage Certificates (1964-1965), Annual Reports (1887-1970), Guest Books (1946-1971), Baptisms, Marriages and Burials (1848-1971), Bulletins (1916-1971), Sermons (1969), Membership (1903-1970), Historical (1886-1981), Newsletters (1938, 1961-1962), Organizations (1863-1970), Committees (1886-1887), Photographs ([188-?]-[1971?]), and Miscellaneous (1839, 1859).
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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 the Plymouth United Church (Sherbrooke) fonds (UC001), Sangster Memorial United Church (Sherbrooke) fonds (UC003) and Plymouth-Trinity United Church (Sherbrooke) fonds (UC004).
The records were kept with the records of Plymouth-Trinity United Church and identified as 10\SHR (see Guide to the Local Church Records. Montreal\Ottawa Conference, United Church of Canada, 1986, pp. 1001-1010.
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Some documents have been put in polyester sleeves.
There is 1 unprocessed acquistion (1961-1970): 0.02 m. of textual records. The archives of the Quebec-Sherbrooke Presbytery local churches are all arranged according to a common classification system established by Susan Stanley, Montreal\Ottawa Conference Archivist.
Most of the documents are in English, some in French.
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1 février, 2016