The national missionary efforts of the Church of England in Canada was started by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, 1893-1902. It was restyled at the General Synod of 1902.
The Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada (MSCC) was formed at General Synod held in Montreal in 1902. The MSCC was established to carryout the general missionary work of the Church and consisted of all members of The Church of England in Canada, known as the Anglican Church of Canada after 1955. Subject to the authority of the General Synod (Board of Missions), the work of the society was administered by a Board of Management and consisted of all Diocesan bishops and included 2 clergy and 2 lay people elected by the Diocesan Synods and the officers of the Society. The Board of Management met twice a year.
The Board of Management appointed an Executive Committee consisting of two Bishops, two Clergymen and two Laymen and the officers of the Society which met monthly to promote the work and interest of the Society.
Scope and Content
Film consists of the minutes of the Board of Management for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, 1890-1902 (GS75-102) and the minutes of the Executive Committee for MSCC, 1902-1964 (GS75-103, Box 2-8)
20 m of textual records ; 4000 graphic images ; 50 audio-visual materials
The Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada (MSCC) was formed in September 1902 by the General Synod. The Society was created for the general missionary work of the Church and aimed to bring all members of the Church into the field of action by making them members of the Society. The work of the Society was under the charge of the Board of Missions, consisting of all members of the General Synod. The executive work of the Board of Missions was done by the Board of Management composed of the Bishops, two clergy and two laymen elected by each diocese. Administratively, the MSCC was run by a General Secretary who guided the Field Secretary and various committees in their work. Its last General Secretary resigned in 1969. The MSCC Board of Management still exists under Canon VII, convenes during General Synod, and produces financial statements because of ongoing MSCC legacies and trusts.
The work of the MSCC consisted of domestic and foreign missions. In Canada the work included assisting missionary dioceses, Indian and Eskimo work, Columbia Coast Mission, Church Camp Missions, Jewish Missions, Japanese Missions, Immigration chaplaincies, white settlers missions, and Indian Residential Schools. Foreign missions included church, medical, and education work in Japan, China, India, Palestine (Jerusalem), and Egypt.
The forerunners of the MSCC were the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (1883-1902) and the Canadian Church Missionary Society (1894-1903), both of whom were already supporting domestic and foreign missionaries. By the side of the DFMS stood the Woman's Auxiliary (1885-1966), organized in 1885 for the purpose of enlisting the women in the missionary effort of the Church. When the MSCC was formed it became the Woman's Auxiliary to the MSCC.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of constitution, minutes, correspondence, reports, financial records, legal records, printed materials, photographs, and audiovisual materials.
Fonds organized into the following series:
Series 1. Board of Management and Executive Committee, 1884-1969;
Series 2. Committees, 1900-1968;
Series 2:1 Deputation Committee, 1903-1906
Series 2:2 Foreign Missions Committee, 1903-1904
Series 2:3 Sunday School Committee, 1903-1905
Series 2:4 Consultative Committee, 1912-1951
Series 2:5 Candidates Committee, 1913-1965
Series 2:6 Committee on Overseas Missions, 1942-1955
Series 2:7 Committee on Canadian Missions, 1944-1957
Series 2:8 Policy Committee, 1944-1966
Series 2:9 Committee on Missionary Strategy, 1955, 1959
Series 2:10 Missions to Seamen, 1957-1966
Series 2:11 Family Lenten Offering Committee (ACTO), 1958-1963
Series 2:12 Joint MSCC & CSS Committee on Indian and Eskimo Affairs, 1959-1962
Series 2:13 Finance Committee, 1941-1966
Series 2:14 Special Indian Committee, 1900-1910
Series 2:15 Indian and Eskimo Residential Schools Commission and Indian Schools administration, 1906-1968
Series 3. General Secretary's records, 1897-1975;
Series 4. Field Secretary's records, 1940-1959;
Series 5. Financial records, 1877-2011;
Series 6. Overseas Personnel, 1907-1941;
Series 7. Publications Department, 1943-1960;
Series 8. Publications - Official Records, 1901-1958;
Series 9. Publications, 1904-1975;
Series 10. Photograph and Audio-Visual collections.
Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS) fonds
"Issued jointly by the National Council, Protestant Episcopal Church, New York 10, New York and the Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada, Toronto 5, Ontario".
"We are grateful indeed to all the authors of this book who responded so willingly and promptly to the request of the Joint Study Book Committee to supply chapters on their particular areas of responsibility". -- Acknowledgements.
"This study book is bound to awake the greatest interest because it deals with an exciting subject, and is written by those who know the subject at first hand. .... Among the forces from other countries which are active in Africa today are the influences of communism, of Christian missions, and of Islam. To which of these will Africans turn ? For the development of Africa will continue to depend upon fellowship with the rest of the world. No country can live to itself. .... One of the most important forces in Africa is, of course, the Christian Church, and our Churches in our own country are able to co-operate with Africans through our missionary interest in the Church. You will find here, the record of evangelism and pastoral care, the work of education in Christian schools, and the work of healing in Christian hospitals; a work which we are bound to reinforce with our prayer and our understanding and our assistance. I believe that the leadership is there in Africa; I have been deeply impressed by the splendid African bishops whom I have met at various conferences, but they still need our co-operation". -- Foreword.
Contents: The Dioceses of the Anglican Communion in Africa -- Acknowledgements -- Foreword dated Bishopthorpe, Quebec, P.Q., March 25, 1959 / Philip Quebec i.e. Carrington, Acting Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada -- Scanning the African Horizon / [F.H.W. Crabb] -- The Church and Education / [Joyce Herklots] -- The Church in Agriculture / [Kenneth Prior] -- The Church's Concern for Health / [J. Gilbert H. Baker] -- The Church and Multi-racial Society / [Richard R. Roseveare] -- The Church in Liberia / [James F. Hopewell] -- Epilogue / [M.A.C. Warren] -- The Authors.