Fonds F1613 - Arva - Hyde Park Pastoral Charge (Ont.) fonds

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Arva - Hyde Park Pastoral Charge (Ont.) fonds

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CA ON00340 F1613

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  • 1996-1997 (Reproduction)
    United Church of Canada Archives
  • 1870-2017 (Creation)
    Arva-Hyde Pastoral Charge (Ont.)

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2.59 m of textual records
19 photographs

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(ca. 1962-1986)

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Arva - Hyde Pastoral Charge was formed ca. 1962 when Melrose United Church closed and Arva Park United Church and Hyde Park United Church remained from the Arva - Hyde Park - Melrose Pastoral Charge, which was originally known as the St. John's Pastoral Charge. It closed on January 1, 1986 when Arva and Hyde Park split into two separate charges.

Hyde Park United Church, located at 1560 Hyde Park Road in London (formerly Hyde Park), was established 1925, formerly Methodist and Presbyterian. Both the Methodist and Presbyterian churches in Hyde Park were formed in 1875 and built churches in 1876. The two churches joined together to form the United Church of Canada in 1925 and the newly founded congregation used the Presbyterian building. It closed on September 26, 2010 and the congregation amalgamated with Riverside United Church in London.

Arva United Church, located at 14340 Medway Road in Arva, was established in 1925, formerly Methodist. The Methodists first built a church in Arva in 1857.It was part of St. John's Methodist Circuit. It joined the United Church of Canada in 1925. It became a single-point charge in 1986. On June 25, 2017, it amalgamated with Siloam United Church in London to become Siloam United Church at 1240 Fanshawe Road East in London.

Melrose United Church was established in 1925, formerly, Methodist. The Melrose Methodist Episcopal Church was established in 1820 in what is now Lobo Township, on Concession 3, Lot 14. The church building was erected sometime between 1820 and 1825. It was damaged by a tornado in 1870. A new church was built in 1872, near the old site. It joined the United Church in 1925. The church disbanded in 1961.

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Fonds consists of records, including marriages, 1899-1925, of St. John's Methodist Circuit (includes London South Methodist Circuit, Arva, Hyde Park, Melrose), 1899-1925; Epworth League minutes of Hyde Park Methodist Church, 1894-1899; records of Arva Methodist Church, 1898-1920; records of Melrose Methodist Church, 1900-1925; records, including marriages, 1896-1918, British and Foreign Bible Society Hyde Park Branch (Methodist and Presbyterian) minutes, 1887-1916, of Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, 1875-1925; records, including baptisms, 1930-192, and marriages, 1926-1948, of Arva - Hyde Park Pastoral Charge (includes St. John's Methodist Circuit, St. John's Pastoral Charge, Arva - Hyde Park - Melrose Pastoral Charge, Arva, Hyde Park, Melrose), 1898-1985; records of Hyde Park United Church (includes Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, Hyde Park Methodist Church), 1877-2011; records of Arva United Church (includes Arva Methodist Church), 1870-1967; records of Melrose United Church (includes Melrose Methodist Church), 1880-2017.

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Damages - requires restoration or copying

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  • English

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Parts of the textual records are available on microfilm reel(s) LCM-110 and LCM-111: positive and negative; 35mm. For a listing of these records, see the LCR Microfilm Shelf List. Parts of the records are also available on 1 reel of microfilm: positive and negative; 35 mm. LCM reels are available through Inter-Library Loan.

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Access to baptismal, marriage and burial registers may be restricted according to relevant privacy legislation.

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Use microfilm where available

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London Conference - finding aid 291

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Revised 01/28/20 eg

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