Classification scheme: 

Title: Bethel Chapel (Parkhill) fonds

Dates of creation: 1963-1974

Physical description: 13 cm of textual records

Administrative history: The Bethel Chapel congregation began services in 1961, and formally organized in 1964. The first building was a house purchased in 1963 and renovated as a "Sunday School and Worship Centre," opening in 1964. The congregation originated through outreach by the Ontario Mennonite Mission Board, the Western Ontario Mennonite Mission Board, the General Conference Mennonite Church and individuals. the Western Ontario Mennonite Conference was the official sponsor.

The church was located on Main Street, Parkhill, Ontario. Pastor Leonard Epp served in 1973 as a salaried congregational leader. In 1965 there were 15 members. The congregation dissolved in 1973. It had been affiliated with the Western Ontario Mennonite Conference (1964) and Mennonite Church (1964). The language of worship was English.

Custodial history: The records were delivered to the archives following the closure of the congregation.

Scope and content: Contains correspondence, membership, WMSA, financial records and bulletins of the congregation.

Notes: For photographs related to this congregation search the Mennonite Archival Image Database.
For sound recordings related to this congregation, see Hist.Mss.9.25 .  
Further materials related to this congregation may be found by searching the Archives.
An encyclopedia entry for this congregation may be found in GAMEO.

File list:

  1. General correspondence, 1963-1972
  2. Membership records
  3. Women's Missionary and Service Auxiliary (WMSA)
    1. Records, 1965-1973
    2. Correspondence, 1967-1973
    3. Home and Special Interests
    4. Cards of thanks
  4. Financial records
    1. Loans
    2. Financial statements
    3. Financial correspondence
  5. Bulletins, 1964-1969 (incomplete)


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