Grace Mennonite Fellowship (New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada)
Grace Mennonite Church began services on 5 September 1976 , when some members withdrew from the New Hamburg Conservative Mennonite Church through a desire for more congregational autonomy, less focus on rules and regulations, and more open association and fellowship with other conservative-minded groups. The congregation's formal organization took place on 21 November 1976 with 17 charter members. Earl D. Koch was the pastor and Leighton Martin from the Heidelberg Church served as bishop.
In 1977 Grace, together with Heidelberg and Zion, and about fifteen congregations in the United States formed Mid-West Mennonite Fellowship and established Maranatha Bible School . In 2003 there were nine Ontario congregations affilliated with the Mid-West Mennonite Fellowship. Member congregations hold joint meetings, but retain congregational autonomy.
Services are conducted in English, with Bible study classes for all ages. The congregation sings in four-part harmony without instrumental accompaniment. In 2003 the congregation also held monthly evening song services, a two-week morning Vacation Bible School in mid-July, and an outdoor community hymn-sing on the Sunday evening following the August Civic Holiday.
The membership increased when the nearby Maple Grove Mennonite Church closed, and most of its members joined with Grace Mennonite. The congregation has been active in supporting missions, particularly in Northern Ontario and in Guatemala.
Information may be found in Mid-West Mennonite focus.
Records with pastor and church.
Table 1: Grace Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders
Table 2: Grace Mennonite Church Membership
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