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Parliament Community Church – Regina, SK

Proper Title

Parliament Community Church fonds

Dates of Creation

1977–2020

Physical Description

57.2 cm of textual records and digital bulletins and newsletters

Administrative History

Abram Klassen is considered the founding leader of Parliament Community Church. The church began services and formally organized in 1941 as a result of urbanization from rural Saskatchewan. It originally had no name of it’s own, but affiliated itself with the Herbert Mennonite Brethren Church. In 1960, it became known as Hill Avenue Mennonite Brethren Church and, in 1975, changed its name to Parliament Community Church.

The first building was occupied in 1942, with subsequent building programs in 1961, 1974, and 1992. The congregation grew from 16 members in 1950 to 167 members in 2000. The congregation has been affiliated with the Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1941– ), the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1941– ) and the General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1941–2002).

The church's purpose and vision is to be a safe and compassionate setting in the city of Regina for people of all ages, races, spiritual convictions, and cultural backgrounds to discover for themselves the good news of Jesus Christ.

In 2010, there were 178 members.

Leaders of the congregation included: A.A. Klassen (1944–1950), P.A. Klassen (1951–1958), Helmut D. Klassen (1959), George B. Dyck (1960–1966), P. Wiebe (assistant pastor, 1967), Peter Teichrob (1968–1969), Don Balzer (1970–1972), Paul Unger (1973–1978), Norman Neufeld (1979–1986), Harry Strauss (1989–1997), Phil Gunther (1998–2016), Scott Tolhurst, transitional leader (2016–2017), Mike Engbers (2019– ).

The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1950s.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of historical notes about Parliament Community Church, its constitution and bylaws, directories and the bulletins from worship services.

Custodial History

Historical material were collected ca. 1985 by the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. The material was used to produce a special issue of the Mennonite Brethren Herald. Bulletins are sent regularly from the church indicating the current worship and events of the church.  Some church bulletins were added through a donation from the SK conference office (accession 2017-02)

Notes

  • Location: Vol. 623–624, 1335, 1372A
  • Title based on the contents of the fonds.
  • Finding aid consists of a textual file list.
  • Described by Tamara Dyck, November 29, 2007. Updated by Yvonne Snider-Nighswander October 31, 2011; Februrary 5, 2013. Updated by Kate Woltmann July 13, 2013, Conrad Stoesz April 13, 2017.
  • No restrictions on access.
  • Finding aid: The records are classified under the Canadian Conferences of Mennonite Brethren Churches inventory BF525.

File List

Volume 623
1. Historical notes of Parliament Community Church. -- 1980–1985.
2. Constitution and bylaws of Parliament Community Church. -- 1977, 1985.
3. Family Directory of the Parliament Community Church. -- 1983, 1994.
4. 50th Anniversary Yearbook of Parliament Community Church. -- 1992.
5. Church bulletins. -- 1981.
6. Church bulletins. -- 1985.
7. Church bulletins. -- 1986.
8. Church bulletins. -- 1987.
9. Church bulletins. -- 1988.
10. Church bulletins. -- 1989.
11. Church bulletins. -- 1990.
12. Church bulletins. -- 1991.
13. Church bulletins. -- 1992.
14. Financial report. -- 1995.

Volume 624
1. Church bulletins. -- 1993.
2. Church bulletins. -- 1994.
3. Church bulletins. -- 1995.
4. Church bulletins. -- 1996.
5. Church bulletins. -- 1997.
6. Church bulletins. -- 1998.
7. Church bulletins. -- 1999.
8. Church bulletins. -- 2000.
9. Church bulletins. -- 2001.

Volume 1335
1. Church bulletins. -- 2002.
2. Church bulletins. -- 2003.
3. Church bulletins. -- 2004.
4. Church bulletins. -- 2005.
5. Church bulletins. -- 2006.
6. Church bulletins. -- 2007.
7. Church bulletins. -- 2008.
8. Church bulletins. -- 2009.
9. Church bulletins. -- 1977–1978. (very incomplete)
10. Church bulletins. -- 1979, 1980. (very incomplete)
11. Church bulletins. -- 1982. (very incomplete)
12. Healing Hearts Ministry. A book describing the ten years of this ministry in Regina. -- 2004.

Volume 1372A
1. Church bulletins. -- 2010.
2. Church bulletins. -- 2011.
3. Church bulletins. -- 2012.
4. Church bulletins. -- 2013.
5. Church bulletins. -- 2014.
6. Church bulletins. -- 2015.
7. Church bulletins. -- 2016.
8. Annual general meeting (June 12, 2017) report book. -- 2017.
9. Bulletins. -- 2016.
10. Bulletins. -- 2017.
11. Bulletins. -- 2018.
12. Bulletins. -- 2019.
13. Bulletins. -- 2020.

Digital Files

  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2015.
  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2016.
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