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Epworth Pastoral Charge fonds
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Epworth (Spoon Cove) became a mission of the Methodist Church of Canada, Newfoundland Conference, in 1894. Its first pastor was Rev. C. Howse. The Epworth Mission was geographically small, covering an area of less than 20 miles, with congregations in Epworth, Burin Bay Arm, Lanse'eau, Lewin's Cove, and Creston. It had a population of 1200, of which one-half were Methodist.
Originally, Epworth had been part of the Burin Mission. By 1840, Epworth had a chapel and school house. In 1890, a new church was dedicated there. By 1899, the exterior of a new church at Lewin's Cove had been completed and a new school house was under construction to serve the congregations in Lewin's Cove, Mud Cove, and Epworth.
Today the pastoral charge is comprised of congregations in Epworth, Lewin's Cove, and Winterland (which became part of the charge in 1981).
Records remained in the pastoral charge until the 1980s at which time they were deposited at the conference archives.
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Fonds consist of records relating to the functional bodies of the Charge which include various boards, committees, organizations and groups. Included are vital statistics, membership information, minutes, financial records and publications; The records are arranged in the following series: 1.0: Baptism, marriage, and burial registers (1892-1974); 2.0 Membership records (1892-1954); 3.0: Funds/congregational financial records (1933-1968); and 4.0 Annual reports (1991-1995).
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Archives inventory list, 1999
Other records relating to the Epworth Pastoral Charge are found in Burin Pastoral Charge fonds, Creston - Red Harbour Pastoral Charge fonds, and the Port Elizabeth Pastoral Charge fonds.
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Created - May 13, 2013
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