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Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church – St. Catharines, ON

Proper Title

Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church fonds

Dates of Creation

1973–2019

Physical Description

85.5 cm of textual records

Administrative History

The Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church is an outgrowth of the Scott Street Mennonite Brethren Church. It was officially organized in 1973. There were 225 charter members in 1973. They met in their own meeting house which was completed that same year, 1973. In 1980, the membership was 370. In that year, 1980, they were partners in founding another Mennonite Brethren congregation in the area, Fairview-Louth. In 2000, the membership stood at 243.

The leaders of the congregation were: Peter Dick (1973, 1981), Peter Block (1973), John Eckert (1973), Aaron Schmidt (1974–1980), Clifford Janzen (1982–1984), Don Enns (1984–1989), John Hiebert (1990–1996), John Wiebe (1997–2002), Bob Enns (2002–2010), David Brubacher, Interim (2010), Michael and Tabitha VandenEnden (2010– ).

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of an historical sketch of the congregation ([197-]), a brief congregational history (1985), a congregational annual report (1990), congregational bulletins (1989–2009, 2012-2019).

Custodial History

Records were transferred to the Centre for MB Studies archives in Winnipeg, Manitoba on a regular basis to 1997.

Notes

  • Volume 564, 1153, 1378 & 1345.
  • Finding aid consists of a series description and a file list.
  • Formerly classified under the Canadian Conference of MB Churches inventory BD-514.
  • Described by Bert Friesen 17 October 2001; updated by Yvonne Snider-Nighswander 12 October 2011. Updated by Kate Woltmann July 18 & August 30, 2013. Updated by Emma Sorensen May 31, 2018. Updated by Kieran Schellenberg September 1, 2020.
  • Accession Nos. 2013-20, 2017-18 (see NPH-53-01 for vinyl 78 disc recording of choir in Audio-Visual Collection).
  • Language: English.
  • No restrictions on access.

Series Descriptions

I. Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church history.
[197-]–1985.
0.3 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of a brief congregational history (1985), a meeting house photograph ([197-?]) and an historical sketch of the congregation ([197-]).
  • Finding aid: Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church Vol. 564, file nos. 1-2.

II. Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church annual reports.
1973–2010.
8 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of the congregational annual reports between the years of 1973–2010.
  • Finding aid: Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church Vol. 1378, file nos. 17-22.

III. Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins.
1974–1996, 2009, 2012-2019.
18 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of congregational bulletins (1974–2012).
  • Finding aid: Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church: Vol. 1378 file nos. 1-15; Vol. 564, file nos. 3-12; Vol. 1345, file nos. 3-9.

File List

Volume 564

  1. Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church historical sketch, including minutes of first organizational meeting on March 18, 1973. -- [197- ].
  2. Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church history. -- 1985.
  3. Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 1989.
  4. Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 1990.
  5. Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 1991.
  6. Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 1992.
  7. Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 1993.
  8. Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 1994.
  9. Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 1995.
  10. Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 1996.
  11. Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 2009.
  12. Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 2012.
  13. Glorious Gospel choir program with image and identification of singers. -- [195- ].
  14. Copy of image showing "mortgage burning" ceremony at Grantham MB Church. -- 1981.
  15. Grantham "Young Peoples" roster with addresses. -- 1992.

Volume 1153

  1. VBS commissioning & evaluations; Church picnic event permit. -- 1993.
  2. Board of Christian Education minutes, correspondence & events. -- 1974–1979.
  3. Board of Christian Education minutes, correspondence & events. -- 1980–1989.
  4. Board of Christian Education minutes. -- 1990–2004.
  5. Board of Christian Education mission statement & policies. -- [199- ].
  6. Grantham MB Church outreach ministry, vision statements, goals, ministry planning, committee pitches, event invites & installation service for Thom Braun. -- 1985–2001.
  7. Ladies Christian Fellowship minutes, events & devotionals. -- 1985–1986, 1987.
  8. Ladies Christian Fellowship minutes, events & devotionals. -- 1987, 1988–1992.

Volume 1378

  1. Bulletins. -- 1974.
  2. Bulletins. --1975.
  3. Bulletins. --1976.
  4. Bulletins. --1977.
  5. Bulletins. --1978.
  6. Bulletins. --1979.
  7. Bulletins. --1980.
  8. Bulletins. --1981.
  9. Bulletins. --1982.
  10. Bulletins. --1983.
  11. Bulletins. --1984.
  12. Bulletins. --1985.
  13. Bulletins. --1986.
  14. Bulletins. --1987.
  15. Bulletins. --1988.
  16. Church retreat attendance list, finances & schedule. -- 1991.
  17. Annual Church Reports. --1973–1976.
  18. Annual Church Reports. -- 1976–1981.
  19. Annual Church Reports. -- 1982–1986.
  20. Annual Church Reports. -- 1987–1991, 1992.
  21. Annual Church Reports. -- 1992–1996, 1997.
  22. Annual Church Reports. -- 1998, 2002–2003, 2009–2010.
  23. Christian service brigade & church clubs. -- 1986–1993.
  24. Youth & Young People participant lists, newsletters, programs. -- 1991–1993, 1996–1997.
  25. Statistical reports. -- 1991–1996.
  26. Missions Committee minutes, correspondence & events. -- 1983-1988, 1991–1993, 1995–1997.
  27. Correspondence with the MB Herald. -- 1977–1985.
  28. General Correspondence. -- 1980–1984.
  29. General Correspondence & membership transfers. --1985–1988, 1993.
  30. General Correspondence. -- 1974–1975, 1977–1979 (including a letter from Ontario Ministry of Health regarding abortion laws).
  31. Sunday School Committee minutes, correspondence & events. -- 1974–1979.
  32. Sunday School Committee minutes. -- 1990–1995.
  33. Sunday School Committee minutes. -- 1996–2004.
  34. Nominations Committee nominations & elections, bulletins. -- 1990–1996.
  35. Missions Group Committee members, minutes & events. -- 1987–1997.
  36. Church retreat registration, finances, schedules. -- 1990.

Volume 1345

3. Bulletins. -- 2013.
4. Bulletins. -- 2014.
5. Bulletins. -- 2015.
6. Bulletins. -- 2016.
7. Bulletins. -- 2017.
8. Bulletins. -- 2018.
9. Bulletins. -- 2019.

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