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Closed Church Records from Springfield Crossroads UMC

Closed Church Records from Springfield Crossroads UMC

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Illinois Great Rivers Conference Closed Church

Springfield Crossroads UMC





Overview of the Collection

Repository:IGRC Archives and Special Collections, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL
Creator:Crossroads UMC (Springfield, Ill.)
Title:Closed Church Records from Springfield Crossroads UMC
Dates:1991-2000
Quantity:1.25 cubic feet
Abstract:The bulk of the collection is unidentified photographs and slides. No membership books were transferred. The remainder of the collection consists of four years of worship folders, minutes from Ministry Team and documents relating to the purchase of a church building.
Identification:2009.33
Language: The records are in English.

Scope and Contents

There are no membership books included in this collection. Almost half of the collection contains photographs and slides, the majority are unidentified. The rest of the collection consists of weekly service folders (1993-2000); annual charge conference reports; closing correspondence and documents; documents related to the purchase of the church building; minutes from the children's ministry team; and correspondence relating to the new church start.


Church History

In 1991, the Central Illinois Conference searched for a new church site in the Springfield area in conjunction with Springfield's First's desire to have a satellite location from the downtown area. Rev. Phil Chiles was appointed to lead this new church start, with a more contemporary worship.

The congregation first met in the Knights of Columbus hall, eventually renting space in an elementery school. In 1995, the congregation had grown sufficiently to support its own building. They purchased a building used by a non-denominational church on Rickard Rd.

The congregation actively participated in the Springfield community through Habitat for Humanity, local food pantries and outreach through music and the children's ministry. Early in 2000, the congregation learned of Rev. Chiles new appointment to another church. Because of the discontent among the people with a new minister, the congregation agreed to close in May 2000. The trustees sold the building.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Crossroads United Methodist Church (Springfield, Ill.)
Sangamon County (Ill.)
Church registers and records

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

The collection is unrestricted.


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