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Christian Fellowship Group – Leaf Rapids, MB

Proper Title

Christian Fellowship Group fonds

Dates of Creation

1971–1994

Physical Description

2 cm. of textual records and 1 microfilm reel

Administrative History

The Christian Fellowship Group began in 1972 in the new town of Leaf Rapids, Manitoba. A mine was begin in the area in the late 1960s and a new town was built nearby. The original idea was that this new town would have one ecumenical worship centre, but this broke down during the first year. Day camps were held in 1972 and regular worship services began in August, 1972. In 1974 the congregation rented worship space in the town centre mall. It is not clear whether the 1974 affiliation with the Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches ever proceeded to full membership in the conference. Later, in 1981, they built their own building. During the 1980s and early 1990s the congregation struggled due to the vagaries of the mining industry. It finally dissolved in 1993. The membership stood at 22 in 1976 and 3 in 1993.

The leaders of the congregation were: Gilbert Berg (1972–1978), Jacob Bergen (1978–1983), Hugo Reimer (1984–1987), and John Hiebert (1988–1993).

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of an historical sketch of the congregation (1972–1978) and a brief history of the congregation (1966–1985), reports of the congregation to the MB Mission structure under which they operated (1971–1994), newspaper clippings from the town (1972–1987), constitution of the congregation [ca.1975], membership statistics (1974–1977), Leaf Rapids building project minutes (1981), schematic building plans (1981), correspondence concerning the building plans (1981), congregational membership meeting minutes (1983–1987).

Custodial History

Records were transferred to the Centre for MB Studies archives in Winnipeg, Manitoba [after 1993]. Some records were microfilmed in [ca.1980].

Notes

  • Volume 422.
  • Finding aid consists of a series description and file list is available.
  • Finding aid: The records are classified under the Canadian Conference of MB Churches inventory BC-509.
  • Finding aid for microfilm: R83, pp.1814–1908.
  • Described by Bert Friesen 5 September 2001, microfilm file list adapted from a previous finding aid by Leslie Wiebe June 2003.
  • No restrictions.

Series Descriptions

I. Leaf Rapids Christian Fellowship Group History.
1966–1985.
0.1 cm. of textual records.

  • This series consists of a brief history of the congregation to 1985. Included is a description of the building of a chapel building in 1981.

II. Christian Fellowship Group, Leaf Rapids, Manitoba.
1972–1978.
0.1 cm. of textual records.

  • This series consists of an historical sketch of the congregation (1972–1978).

III. Christian Fellowship Group MB Church, Leaf Rapids, Manitoba.
1981.
0.1 cm. of textual records.

  • This series consists of a map of street and house numbers for Leaf Rapids, Manitoba.

IV. Leaf Rapids.
1971–1994.
1.8 cm. of textual records.

  • This series consists of reports of the congregation to the MB Mission structure under which they operated (1971–1994), newspaper clippings from the town (1972–1987), constitution of the congregation [ca.1975], membership statistics (1974–1977), Leaf Rapids building project minutes (1981), schematic building plans (1981), correspondence concerning the building plans (1981), congregational membership meeting minutes (1983–1987).

V. Leaf Rapids Records.
1972–1979.
pp.1814–1908; microfilm.

  • This series consists of mostly Christian Fellowship Group MB Church, Leaf Rapids, Man. congregational minutes, from October 1972 to April 1979.

File List

Volume 422

  1. Leaf Rapids Christian Fellowship Group history. – 1966–1985.
  2. Christian Fellowship Group, Leaf Rapids, Man. history. – 1972–1978.
  3. Christian Fellowship Group MB Church, Leaf Rapids, Manitoba street map. – 1981.
  4. Leaf Rapids reports, correspondence, clippings. – 1966–1994.
  5. Membership List. – 1988.
  6. Constitution. – [19--].
  7. Executive and Congregational minutes. -- 1972-1979.
  8. Church council and congregational minutes, reports, and correspondence. -- 1979-1990.
  9. Financial reports. -- 1990-1993.
  10. Offical documents regarding charitable status and incorporation. -- 1973-1986.

Microfilm file list

Reel 83
Congregational Meeting Minutes (Book I). – Oct.1972–Apr.1979. – p.1814–1908.

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