Brooklands Community Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
The Brooklands Community congregation in Winnipeg, Manitoba began services in 1963, and formally organized in 1964. In the 1950s members from the South End Mennonite Brethren Church conducted a mission Sunday school in the Brooklands area. In 1957 the Home Missions Committee of the Manitoba Mennonite Brethren Church assumed responsibility for this work. In 1963 this committee appointed Abe and Anne Quiring as home missions workers for this mission. On 26 April 1964 while meeting in the Butterworth school auditorium the church was organized with 12 charter members. A building was built at 44 Tentler Street (Brooklands, later Winnipeg). Initially the church was named the Brooklands Mennonite Brethren Church. In 1966 it was agreed that the name should be Brooklands Community Church of the Mennonite Brethren. The building was enlarged in 1983.
Pastors of the the church were: Abe Quiring (1964-1975), Don Enns (1977-1984), Neil Block (1985-1991) and Will Feldbusch (1993-1996). The church had a strong Sunday school program, operated a Vacation Bible School for a number of years and several other outreach programs such as the Mom's program. Membership reached a high of 116 in 1992. The final service (closing celebration) was held on 22 June 1997.
In 1965 there were 28 members; in 1975, 76; in 1985, 72; in 1995, 87. The congregation had been affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba, the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches and the General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. The language of worship was English.
Canadian Mennonite (May 1964): 3.
Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 43; (16 May 1997).
Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. 1975: 162.
Congregational records at Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.
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