Classification scheme: 

Title: Nairn Mennonite Church fonds

Dates of creation: 1949-
Note: Further accruals are expected

Physical description: 26 cm of textual records

Administrative history: In the winter of 1947-48, several families from the Wellesley, Wilmot and East Zorra area with roots in the Amish-Mennonite Conference bought farms in the Ailsa Craig area with the goal of establishing a mission church. They purchased a Presbyterian church in Nairn with the assistance of the Conference Mission Board, and began worshipping there in 1948. Services were provided by the Mission Board until Wilfred Schlegel was ordained as the first minister on 6 Mar 1949.

The church has been intensely community-minded, sponsoring such projects as the Craigholme rest home, Goodwill Rescue Mission (see IV-3/6), Ailsa Craig Boys' Farm (Craigwood), Bethel Chapel in Parkhill, and the Mission Farm.

Custodial history: unknown

Scope and content: The records are arranged in four series: formal records, informal records (including anniversary celebrations and historical recollections), a newsletter and bulletins.

Notes: Any photographs related to this congregation will be housed in Hist.Mss.10 - Photograph database
See also: Audio tapes related to this congregation are listed in Sound Recordings -- Worship Services
For a history of the congregation, see A time of change : celebrating the 25th anniversary of Nairn Mennonite Church / by Ruth Arnel. --Nairn, Ont. : the Church, 1973. A copy is available in the CGUC library.

File list:

Series 1: Formal records

  1. Annual meeting
  2. Legal documents
    Mortgage, 28 Sept 1966 
    Assignment of lease, Oct 1966
    Discharge of mortgage, 31 Mar 1971 
    Agreement of purchase and sale, 14 Apr 1973
  3. Church council minutes
  4. Women's Missionary and Service Auxillary minutes
  5. Profile of Nairn Mennonite Church
  6. Memo of Understanding with MCEC Mission & Service Commission

Series 2: Informal records

  1. 25th anniversary celebration
    "Looking at Nairn Church" / by Ruth Arnel, [1972?]
    "Nairn Mennonite Church : a twenty-five year evaluation", 1 Feb 1974 
    Programs, 22,23,24 Jun 1973; 8,9,10 Jun 1973

  2. Historical reminiscences
    Meditation / by Ruth Martin, 9 June 1990
    "Early settlement memories" / by Lorne Bender, 7 May 1990
  3. A Time of Change: Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Nairn Mennonite Church by Ruth Arnel, 1973.

Series 3: Newsletter

  1. Mennair news
    12 Jun 1988 : 40th anniversary special edition

Series 4: Bulletins

  1. Special bulletins
    27 Jun 1948 : Programme of the re-dedication
    13 Aug 1978 : Wilfred Schlegel memorial service 
    12 Jun 1988 : 40th anniversary service
    20 Sep 1998 : Installation of Dennis Watts
  2. Weekly bulletins
    1971-1978, 27 Jun 1993, Sept 1999-Oct 2014

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