Peace Mennonite Church (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Peace Mennonite Church in Regina began evening services September 1985, in Stewart Russel School and formally organized 12 January 1986. It originated through church planting efforts of Grace Mennonite Church due to the latter's size and interest in outreach.
In 1992/1993 a significant number of members moved out of Regina. This led the congregation to launch a major outreach work with refugees, as well as testing various patterns and locations for worship. In fall 1993 the congregation began to meet at its current location for Bible study and worship on Tuesday evenings and Sunday morning Sunday school. The refugee program has led to the congregation becoming a multi-racial/multi-ethnic congregation.
Programs added since 1993 have included hosting international visitors through Mennonite Central Committee's International Visitor Exchange Program, extensive volunteer involvement in restorative justice and the development of Circles of Support and Accountability; hosting and sending members from and to Ukraine through MCC and the University of Regina and engaging the local community and the congregation in the transitions in Ukraine; connecting members and former participants living around the world (about 100 persons) through a tri-weekly email Peace News & Notes with a meditation and church community sharing; and home owner support for single parents and low income new Canadians, including joint purchase agreements and renovation and repair assistance by congregational members
Peace Mennonite has also provided leaders for many church wide and national community service endeavours. Paid pastoral leaders have included Harold Peters-Fransen (1986-89) and volunteer lay pastors Otto and Florence Driedger (October 1994- ).
In 2002 there are 22 members; The congregation is affiliated with Mennonite Church Saskatchewan (1986) and Mennonite Church Canada (1986‑) The language of worship is English, but prayer and song are in many languages. Peace Mennonite Church participants are about 50% Anglo and 50% Asian and African.
The congregation is located at 3833 Montague St. Regina, SK S4S 3J6 (306) 586-8718.
Mennonite Reporter (28 July 1986), 18; (20 April 1992), B1.
CMC Nexus (May 1995), 8; (May 1996), 21.
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