Mennonites settled in the Ste. Elizabeth, Arnaud, and Dominion City areas of Manitoba in 1925. They met to worship in private homes and rented facilities when these became available. In 1927 the Lichtenau Mennonite Church (Lichtenauer Mennoniten Gemeinde) was formally organized. In 1929 it was decided to build a meeting house at Ste. Elizabeth. This was the first meeting house built by the 1920s Mennonite immigrants in western Canada. Travel conditions and means made it difficult for the entire group to worship together at Ste. Elizabeth. So in 1944 another meeting house was built in Arnaud. The Mennonite Brethren families had already built a meeting house in Arnaud in 1935 so many of the other Mennonite families worshiped there until 1944. An attempt at remaining an equal congregation in the Lichtenauer Mennoniten Gemeinde did not work out so two independent congregations emerged after 1944, the Lichtenau Mennonite Church at Ste. Elizabeth and the Arnaud Mennonite Church. They did cooperate in some programmes such as the Jugendverein. For some major celebrations, such as the 40th anniversary of the settlement in 1965 the three congregations, Lichtenau, Arnaud Mennonite Brethren, and Arnaud Mennonite celebrated together. The Arnaud Mennonite Church continued to survive after the Arnaud Mennonite Brethren congregation dissolved in 1980 and the Lichtenau congregation in 1990.
The congregation has been affiliated with the Mennonite Church Manitoba, the Conference of Mennonites in Canada/Mennonite Church Canada (1945-) and the General Conference Mennonite Church (1947-1999). The language of worship is English.
CMC Nexus (Sept. 1994): 1.
Friesen, E. J. "Church Beginnings in a New Land: Arnaud-Ste. Elizabeth 1925-1944." Research paper, CMBC, 1985, 16 pp. MHC.
Harder, Peter R. Arnaud Through the Years. 1974: 393.
Kathler, Jacquie. "A Look at the Arnaud Mennonite Church from 1965-1982." Research paper, CMBC, 1982, 31 pp. MHC.
Toews, Tamara. "A History of the Arnaud Mennonite Church and its Changes from 1924-1986." Research paper, CMBC, 1986, MHC.
Address: 41 Smith Avenue East, Arnaud, Manitoba R0A 0B0
Arnaud Mennonite Church Leading Ministers
|Lynell Bergen & Bryan Dyck||1993-2000|
|Lynne & Omar Martin
(Omar died 2002)
Arnaud Mennonite Church Membership
|Author(s)||Peter R. Harder|
|Date Published||May 2012|
Cite This Article
Harder, Peter R. and Sam Steiner. "Arnaud Mennonite Church (Arnaud, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2012. Web. 26 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Arnaud_Mennonite_Church_(Arnaud,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=54019.
Harder, Peter R. and Sam Steiner. (May 2012). Arnaud Mennonite Church (Arnaud, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Arnaud_Mennonite_Church_(Arnaud,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=54019.
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