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Holmfield Mennonite Brethren Church building, 1951.
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies.

Mennonites immigrants from the Soviet Union settled in the Killarney, Manitoba area in 1926–1927. All Mennonites worshiped together in the beginning years in rented facilities. As the numbers grew they formed their own congregations. On 11 March 1928 the Mennonite Brethren (MB) families formed the Holmfield Mennonite Brethren Church with 24 charter members and under the leadership of Heinrich Unger. Since the families were scattered and transportation was still problematic throughout the year, they formed a second congregation in 1938, the other being the Lena Mennonite Brethren Church. It was still referred to as the Holmfield and Lena MB Church (according to the congregational minutes from 1932 to 1937 and again from 1944 to 1945), and sometimes even the Holmfield and Smith Hill MB Church (according to the congregational minutes from 1938 to 1944). In 1944 both the Holmfield and Lena congregations built their own buildings, each with a seating capacity of 250.

During the war years many families moved, so in 1945 most of the remaining members left the Holmfield MB Church and joined the Lena MB Church. From 1946 to 1951 it was again referred to as the Holmfield and Lena congregation. However, in 1951 the two groups separated and became separate congregations. The congregation dissolved in 1959.

From 1959 to 1967 only the Lena MB Church existed. It was this congregation that outgrew its facilities and decided to build a meeting place in Killarney in 1967. The congregation was renamed the Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church. 

The language of worship was German and English.

[edit] Bibliography

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, Manitoba. "Holmfield MB Church." Web. 18 October 2011. http://www.mbconf.ca/home/products_and_services/resources/published_genealogies/mb_provincial_conferences_and_church_congregation_records/manitoba_archives/holmfield_mennonite_brethren_church_archives/.

Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. Fresno, CA, 1975: 162.

Archival Records

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, MB: Reel 133.

[edit] Additional Information

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Holmfield MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Heinrich Unger 1928–1936
Heinrich Derksen 1937-1938
Peter P. Schulz 1938–1950
P. F. Sawatzky 1951–1952
Peter P. Schulz 1953–1957
J. D. Froese 1958

[edit] Holmfield MB Church Membership

Year Members
1928 24
1930 56
1949 63
1951 26
1954 27


Author(s) J. F. Poetker
Marlene Epp
Date Published October 2011


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Poetker, J. F. and Marlene Epp. "Holmfield Mennonite Brethren Church (Holmfeld, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2011. Web. 21 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Holmfield_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Holmfeld,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=115601.

APA style

Poetker, J. F. and Marlene Epp. (October 2011). Holmfield Mennonite Brethren Church (Holmfeld, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Holmfield_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Holmfeld,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=115601.




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