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72 cm of textual records, one microfilm reel, 6 videos and other material.

Administrative history

The Warman Mennonite Brethren Church in Warman, Saskatchewan had its beginnings in 1932 when Isaac P. Friesen of Rosthern conducted a two-week evangelistic crusade in the Warman town hall. Thereafter, ministers form the Langham Bethesda Church (General Conference) conducted Sunday services. After 1939 the Mennonite Brethren churches from Saskatoon and Dalmeny took charge. The first church building was erected in 1940.

John Gunther was the first full-time worker (1944–1947). Other leaders were Menno Lepp (1947–1952), Norman Fehr (1952–1957), Frank Froese (1957–1968), Elvin Penner (1968– ), Ben L. Heppner (1975–1982), Dave Esau (1983–1986), Rudy Lemke (1987–1996) and Conrad Neudorf (1997–1999), Henry Wiebe (2000– ).

In 1967 the Warman MB Church was accepted into the Conference with 44 members. The church became self-supporting in 1969.

Scope and content
This fonds consists of the following series: Membership and family records, minutes of congregational meetings, Church Council minutes, financial records and historical records, deacons committee minutes, trustees board minutes, Christian education minutes, Sunday school and youth information, music program minutes, and Warman Church history documents.

Custodial history

Many of the records were microfilmed in 1978 through the work of the Historical Commission of the Mennonite Brethren Conference. More files were added to this collection in 2005 from the Saskatchewan Mennonite Brethren Conference after the church closed down.


Series description

Warman Mennonite Brethren Church membership and family records.
1954–2000, 2003.
43 pp.; microfilm, 8 cm of textual records.

This series consists of two books of membership, membership lists / covenant, family records, marriage registration, permits for burial, Birthdays and anniversaries and church phonebook.
Warman Mennonite Brethren Church minutes of congregational meetings.
83 pp.; microfilm, 10 cm textual records, 2 videos and 1 cassette tape.

This series consists of Church business meeting minutes, general church meeting minutes; baptismal testimonies, financial documents etc. and annual reports.
Warman Mennonite Brethren Church minutes of Church Council / Board.
71 pp.; microfilm and 12 cm of textual records.

This series consists of minutes from Church Board meetings.
Warman Mennonite Brethren Church financial records.
1958–1976, 1978, 2002.
15 pp.; microfilm, 2 cm of textual records.

This series consists of incomplete financial records from 1958–1976 with large gaps. Related files found in congregational meetings series. (File 14)
Warman Mennonite Brethren Church History records.
3 cm textual records, 3 videos, 2 cassette tapes and one map.
This series consists of a few historical notes, statistics report, 50th Jubilee, Jubilee videos, and a map of the church.
Warman Mennonite Brethren Deacons Board records.
5 cm of textual records.

This series consists of minutes from the Deacons Board.
Warman Mennonite Brethren Trustees Board records.
4 cm of textual records.

This series consists of minutes from the board of Trustees.
Warman Mennonite Brethren various committees records.
23 cm of textual records and 1 video tape.

This series consists of minutes from the Christian Education, minutes from the music and program committee, minutes from the Sunday school, minutes from the youth committee, minutes from the seniors committee, minutes from the missions committee, minutes from the worship committee, files from the “Discovery Club” and files from the Warman Ladies Group.
Warman Mennonite Brethren Church Administration records.
11 cm of textual records.

This series consists of a Church Constitution, policies and guidelines, MB Herald, form letters, church assessment, correspondences and attendance sheets.
Textual file list

Volume 636 Date
1. Historical notes. 1976, [1980?]
2. One church bulletin. 1995

Volume 1167 Date
1. Church Board Meeting Minutes. 1975–1981, 1987–1998
2. Church Business Meeting Minutes. 1953–1967, 1969–1972, 1975–1978
3. Deacons Board Minutes. 1979–1982, 1984–2000
4. Trustees Board Minutes. 1978–1999
5. Christian Education. 1976–1990, 1995
6. Music and Program Committee. 1976–1990, 1994, 1996–1997
7. Sunday school minutes. 1974, 1977–1981, 1983, 1991–1998
8. Youth Committee minutes. 1966–1982, 1985–1989, 1993–1998

Volume 1168 Date
1. Canadian Conference Statistics Report. 1994–1996
2. Warman Church History. 1952–1955, 1977–1987
3. Constitution of the Warman Mennonite Brethren Church (original and copy). 1987
4. Warman Mennonite Brethren Church 50th Jubilee. 1984
5. Policies and guidelines for Warman Mennonite Brethren Church. [198?]
6. Mennonite Brethren Herald. 1992–1995, 1997–1998
7. Form letters. 1997–1998
8. Originals – bulletins, comment cards, etc. 1987, 1993, 1995, 1998
9. Church assessment. 1998
10. Seniors Committee minutes. 1997
11. Mission Committee minutes. 1988, 1998
12. Worship Committee minutes. 1997–1998
13. “Discovery Club”. 1987–1988
14. General Church Meetings; Baptism, financial etc. 1997, 1999
15. Business Meetings. 1985–1994
16. Church Board Minutes. 1982–1990
17. Church Board Minutes. 1991–1993
18. Church Board Minutes. 1994–1999
19. Annual Reports. 1985–1994
20. Annual Reports. 1994–1999
21. Financial Reports. 1972–1974, 1978
22. Correspondence. 1987–1991
23. Correspondence. 1995
24. Correspondence. 1996
25. Correspondence. 1997, 2002
26. Church attendance Sheets. 1994
27. Marriage Registrations. 1977, 1979, 1983–1985
28. Permits for burial. 1982, 1984–1986, 1991–2000
29. Membership Meetings minutes. 1995–1997
30. Membership lists / covenant. 1999
31. Church Membership meetings. 2003
32. Individual Membership information. 1984, 1994–1997, 2000
33. Membership certificates and transfers. 1954–1999
34. Birthdays and anniversaries. 1997
35. Phonebook, flyers / posters. 1997
36. Warman ladies – Lists of presidents. 1970–1992
Book of memoirs (copy and original). 1953–1993
Minutes. 1969–1970, 1975–1977
37. Warman ladies – Financial records. 1953–1957
Thank You cards. 1986, [198?]
Minutes. 1971–1974, 1987
38. Warman ladies – Financial records. 1980–2000
Minutes. 1997–1998
39. Financial report. - 1995.

Microfilm file list

Reel 15 Date Pages
Membership and Family Records (Book IV). ca 1953–1965 329–337
Membership and Family Records (Book V). ca 1953–1978 338–372
Congregational Meeting Minutes. 1956–1977 157–240
Church Council Meeting Minutes (Book II). Dec 1964–Nov 1977 241–312
Annual Financial Reports (Book III). 1958–1976 (incomplete) 313–328

Audio visual file list
NMV-68-01 “40th Anniversary Ladies’ Fellowship”.
VHS. Sep 17, 1993
NMV-68-02 “Jubilee Warman MB Church”, Saturday evening service featuring the Chapel Quartet.
VHS. Oct 20, 1984
NMV-68-03 “Jubilee Warman MB Church”, Sunday morning service featuring Ben Heppner.
VHS. Oct 21, 1984
NMV-68-04 “Jubilee Warman MB Church”, Sunday evening service.
VHS. Oct 21, 1984
NMV-68-05 “Warman MB Church Baptism and Membership celebration”.
VHS. Aug 30, 1998
NMV-68-06 “Warman MB Church Testimony and Baptism Service”.
VHS. 1 hour, 40 minutes. Feb 28, 1999

Artefact file list

1. Warman Mennonite Brethren Church cloth Banner.
Blue with gold lettering; 88 x 183 cm. 1940

Audio-cassette file list

1&2 Side Jubilee at Warman Mennonite Brethren Church, Saturday evening service. 50th Anniversary celebration, Warman Mennonite Brethren Church. Oct 20, 1984
1&2 Side Jubilee at Warman Mennonite Brethren Church, Sunday morning service featuring Ben Heppner. 50th Anniversary celebration, Warman Mennonite Brethren Church. Oct 21, 1984
1&2 Side Jubilee at Warman Mennonite Brethren Church, Sunday evening service featuring Dave Esau. 50th Anniversary celebration, Warman Mennonite Brethren Church. Oct 21, 1984
1&2 Side Baptism service, Warman Mennonite Brethren Church. Dec 10, 1995

Map file list

NMC-1L-45 “Plan of the Town of Warman, In the Rural Municipality of Warman #374” Produced by the Department of Municipal affairs, Town planning and rural development branch.
Scale 200 feet to one inch. 91 x 117 cm.
Note: 42 cm tear on top left.