Classification scheme: 
V-8

Title: Valleyview Mennonite Church fonds

Dates of Creation: 1954-2007 
Note: Further accruals are expected

Physical Description: 3 m of textual material

Administrative History: Valleyview Mennonite Church began services in 1953 and formally organized in 1962. Alvin Roth and Ralph Lebold were considered to be the founding leaders.

The first services were held at a house, 368 King St. in London, purchased by Nairn Mennonite Church. The congregation was first known as the Mennonite Mission, and later, King Street Mennonite Church. In 1962, the congregation relocated to 1181 Melsandra Street, and became known as Valleyview Mennonite Church.

The congregation established a voluntary service unit in 1966. Valleyview was affiliated with the Western Ontario Mennonite Conference from 1953-1988, and then became a congregation of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada.

Custodial History: These records were predominantly received from Valleyview Mennonite Church at various times, with a few from the files of Ralph Lebold.

Scope and Content: The fonds consists of the formal and informal records of Valleyview Mennonite Church, and is divided into four series.

Notes:
The Valleyview Mennonite Church Oral History Project is located in Hist. Mss. 22.1.
See Hist.Mss.10Hist.Mss.10.2Hist.Mss.10.25, Hist.Mss.10.10 and the Mennonite Archival Image Database for photographs related to the congregation.
Archival description revised 2017 by Sam Steiner.

File list:

Series 1: Formal Records

  1. Congregational Meetings and Annual Reports 
    1961-1973, 1976-1977 (minutes only), 1983, 1985-2002
  2. Church Council Minutes & Correspondence
    1961, 1963-2002
  3. Constitutions
    Proposed Constitutional Changes, 1967
    1962
    1968
    1971
    1974
    1979
    1987 (draft)
    1990 (draft)
    1991 (draft)
    2000
  4. Church Directories
    1968/69-1984/85, 1986-1990, 1994-1995, 1999
    (picture directories from ca. 1990, 1999)
  5. Worship Committee 
    1968-1990, 2000-2001
    Worship leader guidelines, 1991
    Worship Task Force, 1977-1978
  6. Christian Education Committee
    1968-1971, 1976-1999, 2001-2003 (incomplete)
    Correspondence, 1962-1975
  7. Mission & Social Concerns Committee 
    1977-1999
  8. Property and Finance Committee
    1968-1971, 1974-1999, 2002
  9. Social Committee
    1985, 1987
  10. Pastoral Relations Committee
    1970-1995
    Communion survey, 2002
  11. Women’s Missionary and Service Auxiliary (WMSA)
    Minutes, etc., 1970-1989
    Activity reports, 1961-1977, 1991
  12. Mennonite Youth Fellowship (MYF) and Youth Ministry
    1973/74, 1977-1981, 1984-1994, 2002-2003
  13. Summer Bible School
    1961-1967
  14. Refugee Support Committee
    1979-1980
  15. Zone 25/Outlook Committee
    Includes purpose statements and survey
    1970, 1981-1983
  16. Pastoral Search Committees
    1980
    1986/87
    1991
    2000/01
  17. Valleyview Day Nursery (operated in church basement)
    (also includes the Boullee Street Nursery)
    1967, 1977-1983, 1985 (minutes & reports)
    1990-1999 (correspondence and policies)
  18. Congregational Self-Study
    1973
  19. Church Membership Study
    1975-1977
  20. Facilities/Space Needs Committees
    1978, 2002
  21. Communion Committee
    Minutes and papers on communion
    1996, 1999
  22. Ad hoc Music Committee
    1969-1971
  23. Greater London Crusade for Christ
    (Crusade by Myron Augsburger)
    Correspondence and minutes, 1965
  24. Supervised Pastoral Education
    1967-1969, 1969-1973, 1973-1984
    Reports to Canadian Association for Pastoral Education (CAPE), 1976-1981
  25. London Pastoral Institute
    1978-1981
  26. Special Reports
    Day Nursery Center 
    The Philosphy and Program of Valleyview Mennonite Church, 5 Jan 1969
    Seminar on Church Life: Evaluation of Team Ministry 28 Feb 1970/Proposal for Salaries and Workload, Mar 1970
    The Place of Small Groups in the Church, 10 May 1970
    The Question of Ordination, 10 May 1970 
    Evaluation of the Team Ministry for 1971-72 
  27. Membership Transfers
    Correspondence and certificates
    1977-1983, 1985-1998
  28. Voluntary Service Unit
    Correspondence & minutes
    1966-1991
    Offender Ministry, 1980-1984
    Victim Care Program, 1984-1985
    Advisory Committee minutes, 1966-1971
    Misc. materials

Series 2: Informal Records

  1. List of Anabaptist-Mennonite books available in London-area libraries
    1971
  2. Brochures and Special Programs
  3. Clippings
  4. A talk given by Alvin Roth at the church banquet during dedication week services, 1962
  5. Materials on Outreach, including to Mennonite students
    1962-1965, 1977, 1997
  6. Korean Church Integration Proposal
    2000
  7. Proposal for “Who are the Mennonites” grant
    1973
  8. Miscellaneous job descriptions for volunteers
    1980s
  9. Hillcrest Coffee House
    1970
  10. Self-Help Crafts/Ten Thousand Villages
    1987-1989, 1994
    1997-2003
  11. Wills Emphasis meeting on need to make a will
    1966
  12. Valleyview Mennonite Church Endowment Fund
    1994
  13. Inter-Church Slow Pitch schedule
    2001
  14. Homebuilders Literature packets
    1964
  15. Student Christian Movement Advisory Board
    1965-1966
  16. Ridgeview-Hillcrest Community Association
    1971-1973
  17. Church library procedures and database
    2001-2002
  18. Conscientious Objection and Thorbjorn Jensen case
    1976-1977
  19. General Correspondence
    1970s, 1980, 1983 (including Valleyview’s application to join the United Mennonite Conference and the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec)
  20. Pastor’s Correspondence (partial)
    1965-1973, 1976, 1983-1985, 1988-1992, 1996-1997
  21. Fellowship Groups Correspondence
    1982, 1994, 1996, 1998
  22. Covenant Renewal & Correspondence
    1977-1981
  23. Seminar on Church Life
    1969
  24. Frieda Peters report on Jute Works in Bangladesh
    1977
  25. Congregational Retreats
    1980s-2000s
  26. Business Mission group
    1979-1981
  27. Documents on Conference Integration
    1978-79, 1986
  28. Small Groups
    1986-1988
  29. Ministry to Community by John E. Adams
    Copy of academic paper, “Ministry to Community: The Mennonite Church in London, Ontario, 1953-1970” by John E. Adams, 1970.
  30. Ministry to Aging Workshop
    1979
  31. Early Historical documents
    (Sunday school records, correspondence, some minutes)
    1954-1961
  32. Historical programs and litanies
    1960s
  33. Historical notes and articles
    Scattered from 1960s to 2000s
  34. Historical clippings
    (both related to the church and members of the church)
    1980s and 1990s
  35. Oral History Project
    2002-2007

Series 3: Bulletins

1961-1999, 2002-2004
Note: Also includes a folder of miscellaneous funeral bulletins

Series 4: Newsletters

Zone 25
1969-1982

Zone 25 survey
1971

Outlook
Spring 1983-Summer 1986, Spring 1987-Fall 1987

Newsletter
July 1967, Dec 1968, Dec 1970-1997, Nov 2002-2003

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