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R.R. 1, Waterloo, ON. Located on the southeast corner of King St. N. and Country Squire Road on the northern edge of Waterloo. Minister Joseph F. Weber served in 2000 as a non-salaried congregational leader. The congregation has been affiliated with the [[Markham-Waterloo Mennonite Conference|Markham-Waterloo Mennonite Conference]] since 1939. The language of worship is English and German; the transition from German occurred in the 1940s.
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[[File:90-11.20.jpg|300px|thumb|right|''Martin's Meetinghouse
  
The congregation began services and formally organized in 1939. The first building was occupied in 1939. The congregation originated through division from the [[Martin Mennonite Meetinghouse (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)|Martin Old Order Mennonites]] over a desire to use telephones and automobiles. The two groups used the meetinghouse on alternate Sundays. The meetinghouse is an excellent example of the older style of architecture and interior arrangement and furniture. In 1900 it was enlarged to 42 x 64 ft.
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on 26 December 1993,  
  
The meetinghouse was shared between the [[Old Order Mennonites|Old Order Mennonites]] and the Markham-Waterloo Mennonite Conference until the end of 1995.
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the last Sunday regular
= Bibliography =
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<em class="gameo_bibliography">Mennonite Encyclopedia</em>, "Martin."
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Frey, Aden. "The Markham-Waterloo Conference of Ontario." Research paper, Conrad Grebel College, 1972, 38 pp.
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services were held by
  
Mennonites in Canada collection. "70-Markham-Waterloo." [http://grebel.uwaterloo.ca/mao/ Mennonite Archives of Ontario].
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Old Order Mennonites'']]    R.R. 1, Waterloo, ON, N2J 4G8. Located on the south east corner of King St. N. and Country Squire Road on the northern edge of Waterloo. Minister Reubin G. Martin served in the 1980s as a non-salaried congregational leader. In 1925 there were 160 members; in 1975, 186. The congregation ceased worship at Martin's Meetinghouse in December 1993. It had been affiliated with the [[Martin, Abraham W. (1834-1902)|Mennonite Conference of Ontario]] (1824-1889) and the Old Order Mennonite Church (1889-1993). The language of worship was German.
  
Hiebert, Esther. "History of the Markham-Waterloo Conference." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1980, 62 pp. [http://grebel.uwaterloo.ca/mao/ Mennonite Archives of Ontario].
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This meetinghouse, built in 1848, was long the center of the large Mennonite settlement in Woolwich Township, north of Waterloo Township. It was named "Martin's" probably because the site of four acres was on the farm of pioneer Peter Martin and had been reserved by Henry Martin in 1824 for the purpose of a meetinghouse and burial grounds, even though the land was not actually purchased (by the "Mennonite Society of British North America" according to the deed) until 1848, when the meetinghouse was erected. The meetinghouse was long the only one north of Waterloo and served all the Mennonites in Woolwich Township.  
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In 1889 the [[Old Order Mennonites|Old Order]] schism created a serious break in the Ontario Mennonite body. The bishop at Martin's at that time, [[Martin, Abraham W. (1834-1902)|Abraham Martin]], led most of his congregation in his refusal to accept the newer methods of church work (Sunday school, etc.) which had been accepted by most of the [[Martin, Abraham W. (1834-1902)|Ontario Mennonite]] congregations, and made Martin's the strongest unit in the [[Ontario (Canada)|Ontario]] Old Order group (which included smaller groups at Selkirk-Rainham and [[Markham (Ontario, Canada)|Markham]]).  
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In 1925 a schism in the entire Ontario Old Order group resulted in an almost half-and-half division at Martin's. The new progressive group, which permitted automobiles and telephones, joined witil a similar group at Markham to form the [[Markham-Waterloo Mennonite Conference|Markham-Waterloo Conference]]. The meetinghouse is an excellent example of the older style of architecture and anterior arrangement and furniture. In 1900 it was enlarged to 42 x 64 ft.
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The meetinghouse was shared by the [[Old Order Mennonites|Old Order Mennonites]] and the [[Markham-Waterloo Mennonite Conference|Markham-Waterloo Mennonite Conference]] until the end of 1993, when the Old Orders stopped using the building for regular worship as city traffic conditions became too dangerous for horse-drawn vehicles. As of 2001 the building was still used for funerals. The Martin's congregation subsequently met at the [[Conestoga Mennonite Meetinghouse (St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada)|Conestoga]] meetinghouse west of St. Jacobs.
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= Bibliography =
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<em class="gameo_bibliography">Mennonite Reporter </em>(3 April 1989): 14.
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Martin's Meetinghouse on 26 December 1993, the last Sunday regular services were held by Old Order Mennonites
R.R. 1, Waterloo, ON, N2J 4G8. Located on the south east corner of King St. N. and Country Squire Road on the northern edge of Waterloo. Minister Reubin G. Martin served in the 1980s as a non-salaried congregational leader. In 1925 there were 160 members; in 1975, 186. The congregation ceased worship at Martin's Meetinghouse in December 1993. It had been affiliated with the Mennonite Conference of Ontario (1824-1889) and the Old Order Mennonite Church (1889-1993). The language of worship was German.

This meetinghouse, built in 1848, was long the center of the large Mennonite settlement in Woolwich Township, north of Waterloo Township. It was named "Martin's" probably because the site of four acres was on the farm of pioneer Peter Martin and had been reserved by Henry Martin in 1824 for the purpose of a meetinghouse and burial grounds, even though the land was not actually purchased (by the "Mennonite Society of British North America" according to the deed) until 1848, when the meetinghouse was erected. The meetinghouse was long the only one north of Waterloo and served all the Mennonites in Woolwich Township.

In 1889 the Old Order schism created a serious break in the Ontario Mennonite body. The bishop at Martin's at that time, Abraham Martin, led most of his congregation in his refusal to accept the newer methods of church work (Sunday school, etc.) which had been accepted by most of the Ontario Mennonite congregations, and made Martin's the strongest unit in the Ontario Old Order group (which included smaller groups at Selkirk-Rainham and Markham).

In 1925 a schism in the entire Ontario Old Order group resulted in an almost half-and-half division at Martin's. The new progressive group, which permitted automobiles and telephones, joined witil a similar group at Markham to form the Markham-Waterloo Conference. The meetinghouse is an excellent example of the older style of architecture and anterior arrangement and furniture. In 1900 it was enlarged to 42 x 64 ft.

The meetinghouse was shared by the Old Order Mennonites and the Markham-Waterloo Mennonite Conference until the end of 1993, when the Old Orders stopped using the building for regular worship as city traffic conditions became too dangerous for horse-drawn vehicles. As of 2001 the building was still used for funerals. The Martin's congregation subsequently met at the Conestoga meetinghouse west of St. Jacobs.

Bibliography

Mennonite Reporter (3 April 1989): 14.


Author(s) Joseph C. Fretz
Sam Steiner
Date Published June 1997


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Fretz, Joseph C. and Sam Steiner. "Martin Mennonite Meetinghouse (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 1997. Web. 30 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Martin_Mennonite_Meetinghouse_(Waterloo,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=92628.

APA style

Fretz, Joseph C. and Sam Steiner. (June 1997). Martin Mennonite Meetinghouse (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Martin_Mennonite_Meetinghouse_(Waterloo,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=92628.




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