Kirk McColl United Church (St. Stephen)
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CA PANB MC256
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Microfilmed 1981 and 1991 (Creation)
- Kirk McColl United Church (St. Stephen, N.B.)
60 cm of textual records and 15 reels of microfilm
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Kirk-McColl United Church in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, was created by the union of McColl Methodist Church and the Kirk (Presbyterian Church). The Methodist part of the church can trace its origins back to 1785 when Duncan McColl and his wife arrived in St. Stephen. McColl came from a Scottish Episcopal background while his wife had been a member of the Methodist Society in New York. In St. Stephen, the McColls invited people to their home for prayer and Bible study. By 1790, the growing group was so large that a meeting house was built. Duncan was ordained a Methodist minister in 1795. He served the area's circuit until 1829 and died the following year. New, larger churches were built in 1816 and 1870 by which time the congregation was well over a thousand. In 1925 the congregation joined the United Church of Canada as the McColl United Church
It is generally believed that John Cassills, the principal of the grammar school at St. Andrews in 1818, was the first Presbyterian cleric to minister to St. Stephen. A Presbyterian church was organized there in 1834 and around 1853 the Kirk was completed. A resident minister was in place by 1854. In 1925, most of these Presbyterians joined the newly formed United Church of Canada, but a few remained separate and established a new Presbyterian church. The two United Church congregations remained separate until 1944 when they merged to become the Kirk-McColl United Church. They worshipped in the former McColl church until it was destroyed by fire in 1980. A new church was dedicated in 1982.
Information about the custody of these records prior to acquisition is incomplete. Most of the records belonged to the two founding churches, but some records came originally from parishioners.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of the records of Kirk-McColl United Church and both the founding churches. It includes registers of baptisms, marriages and burials, membership rolls and communicants' registers. There are minutes and financial records of the governing bodies of both churches. There are records of various church youth groups including the Young People's Society and C.G.I.T. (Canadian Girls in Training) and of women's groups including detailed records of a needle craft group, 1949-1989, United Church Women, Women's Missionary Society and Utopia Guild. There are photo directories and photographs of the church and some correspondence, especially about the rebuilding of the church in 1981. There is also a group of historical records which includes personal papers of Duncan McColl.
Immediate source of acquisition
The bulk of this fonds was acquired from the Kirk McColl Church in 1969, further material from parishioners homes was filmed in 1991
Some of the records were filmed in random order as part of Project Preservation in 1981. Many of the records were refilmed in 1991 in more accessible order. It is necessary to consult the detailed finding aid at the Provincial Archives to locate specific records.
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Microfilm nos. F28-F31, F741-F758, F944, F13137-F13143 inclusive.
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Originals cannot be used until conservation treatment has been completed. Researchers must use the microfilm.
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Detailed finding aid with microfilm numbers is available.