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In 1980, several Mennonite families met with the Mennonite Mission Board of Ontario (Ontario Mennonite Conference) to determine whether to organize as a congregation in Guelph. Fellowship began on a semi-monthly basis on 14 September 1980. In 1981, regular Sunday morning services began, and the congregation called its first pastor, Martha Smith Good. There were 14 charter members. The congregation was affiliated with, and supported by, the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec and the Conference of United Mennonite Churches in Ontario.

The congregation held monthly business meetings under the direction of a steering committee. Sunday morning services were held at Priory Park Public School, 275 Scottsdale Drive.

Dave Thiessen succeeded Martha Smith Good as pastor in 1987 and served until 1996. In 1995, the last year for which records are available, congregational membership stood at 40. The congregation held its last service on 22 June 1997. Following this, they entered into a partnership with Breslau Mennonite Church and became a regional care group of Breslau.

[edit] Bibliography

Mennonite Archives of Ontario. "Guelph Mennonite Church." 23 August 2013. Web. 10 February 2014. https://uwaterloo.ca/mennonite-archives-ontario/congregations/guelph-mennonite-church

Mennonite Reporter (7 July 1980): 13; (12 October 1981): 9; (13 June 1983): 11; (14 April 1986):14; (19 March 1990): 14; (28 July 1997): 10.

[edit] Archival Records

Mennonite Archives of Ontario: Guelph Mennonite Church fonds.

[edit] Additional Information

Denominational Affiliations:

Conference of United Mennonite Churches in Ontario (1982-1988)

Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada (1988-1997)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1983-1997)

[edit] Guelph Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1985 14
1995 39


Author(s) Marlene Epp
Sam Steiner
Date Published October 1997


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Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. "Guelph Mennonite Church (Guelph, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 1997. Web. 3 Mar 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Guelph_Mennonite_Church_(Guelph,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=114260.

APA style

Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. (October 1997). Guelph Mennonite Church (Guelph, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 3 March 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Guelph_Mennonite_Church_(Guelph,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=114260.




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