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New Sarepta

New Sarepta
Motto: The Cartoon Capital of Canada
New Sarepta is located in Alberta
New Sarepta
New Sarepta
Location of New Sarepta in Alberta
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census Division No. 11
Municipal district Leduc County
Founded 1904
January 1, 1960[1]
Dissolved September 1, 2010[2]
 • Mayor John Whaley
 • Governing body
Area (2011)[3]
 • Total 2.28 km2 (0.88 sq mi)
Elevation 770 m (2,530 ft)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 491
 • Density 215.4/km2 (558/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Highways 21
Waterways Joseph Lake
Website Leduc County

New Sarepta is a hamlet in central Alberta, Canada, within Leduc County. It is located approximately 23 km (14 mi) east of the City of Leduc along Highway 21.

New Sarepta dissolved from village status to become a hamlet on September 1, 2010.[2] It originally incorporated as a village on January 1, 1960.[1]


  • History 1
    • Name 1.1
    • Timeline 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Religious assemblies 3
  • Education 4
  • Recreation 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8



Sarepta, North West Territories - New Sarepta, Alberta. Zarephath, Sarepta was an old Testament Town near Sidon. It is remembered chiefly because Elijah resided here during the latter half of the famine caused by the drought. ( I Kings 17:9 )

Its Greek equivalent "Sarepta" is mentioned in Luke 4:26 It was here that God miraculously sustained the prophet Elijah through the widow of Zarephath. Ruins such as columns and slabs of this ancient town survive in the Holy Land. The Roman roads here remain in near perfect condition.

Sarepta, Russia, on the Volga River was founded by Moravian Brethren from Saxony in Germany in the years 1765-1773. The colony thrived for many years. About a century after its founding, the established German Lutheran Church in Russia, with the support of the Russian government, began efforts to take Sarepta under its wing. Many of the Brethren objected to this and left the colony. Apparently some of them went to Volhynia, Russia, where they lived on rented land for a time. In the 1880s and 1890s land buying in Volyhnia was restricted by the Russian government. This caused many of the Brethren to migrate to South America, Canada and the United States. Today the descendants are referred to as the "Germans from Russia".

The settlers and pioneers of this area were to select a name that would be easy to pronounce in English and other languages. Various suggestions were made such as Biblical names, names of outstanding significance to Moravian characters, and names of some historical value.

Approximately 60 people signed a document favouring the name Sarepta. Shortly thereafter, the name Sarepta, North West Territories prevailed for a while, but eventually Alberta became a province and a post office bearing the name would be needed. The "New" was then added because the name Sarepta was already a place name in Ontario and the government was not about to approve the similarity. Another reason for the "New" was that an honored old Moravian name was again on its own.

The name Sarepta was designated to this settlement on October 2, 1904


  • 1906 New Sarepta School District #1548 was established.
  • 1912 Long Prairie Store located in New Sarepta area.
  • 1915 Railroad service extended through New Sarepta.
  • 1916 First post office opened.
  • 1920 Moravian Church was established in area led by Rev. William Scheel.
  • 1921 Grain elevator built.
  • 1927 New Sarepta village school was organized.
  • 1928 First hotel opened.
  • 1944 Curling rink was built.
  • 1949 Oil boom in Alberta.
  • 1960 New Sarepta incorporated as a village.[1]
  • 1962 New Sarepta Rural Fire was incorporated.
  • 1972 Agriculture building was built.
  • 1984 Tire & Girdle Store was built.
  • 2010 Government of Alberta dissolved the village into a hamlet within Leduc County on September 1, 2010.[2][4]


In the 2011 Census, New Sarepta had a population of 491 living in 185 of its 203 total dwellings, a 19.8% change from its 2006 population of 410. With a land area of 2.28 km2 (0.88 sq mi), it had a population density of 215.4/km2 (557.8/sq mi) in 2011.[3]

The population of the Hamlet of New Sarepta according to its 2009 municipal census was 530.[5]

In 2006, New Sarepta had a population of 410 living in 179 dwellings, a 7.3% increase from 2001. The hamlet has a land area of 2.28 km2 (0.88 sq mi) and a population density of 179.8/km2 (466/sq mi).[6]

Religious assemblies

  • St. John's Lutheran Church
  • The House of Prayer (formerly New Sarepta Country Church)
  • Zion Evangelical Missionary Church


New Sarepta has one elementary school and one high school, both operated by Black Gold Regional Schools.[7]



  • New Sarepta Minor Hockey Association
  • New Sarepta Skating Club [No Club 2006–present]
  • Girl Guides
  • senior floor curling


  • baseball
  • slowpitch
  • softball
  • running track
  • basketball courts
  • playgrounds
  • Bent Stik Golf Course
  • Legacy Ridge Golf Course
  • New Sarepta Minor Soccer Association

See also


  1. ^ a b c Department of Municipal Affairs (1960-01-15). "Ministerial Order – Erection of the Village of New Sarepta (The Alberta Gazette)". Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  2. ^ a b c Alberta Queen's Printer. "Order in Council (O.C.) 230/2010". Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  3. ^ a b c "Census Profile - New Sarepta, Village, Alberta (Dissolved census subdivision)". Statistics Canada. 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  4. ^ Leduc Representative (2010-07-22). "Dissolved". Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  5. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2009-09-15). "Alberta 2009 Official Population List". Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  6. ^  
  7. ^ "New Sarepta Schools". Black Gold Regional Schools. Retrieved 2014-11-30. 

External links

  • Leduc County official web site
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