St. Ann's Community Church (St. Ann's, Ontario, Canada)

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St. Ann's Community Church
Photo courtesy of the church

St. Ann's Community Church began worshiping on 10 September 1967 as an outreach program of the Vineland Mennonite Brethren Church, located about 10 miles (16 km) northeast of St. Ann's. The St. Ann's United Church building was rented for two years, with the option to buy. In 1969 the Vineland Mennonite Brethren Church bought the building for $3,500. Although seen as a community church, church life and polity was Mennonite Brethren. Henry H. Wiebe was the founding pastor of the group. The congregation soon began a popular summer Bible school program, and in the early 1970s added a bus ministry to bring children to Sunday school, as well as Pioneer Girls and Boys Brigade programs.

In early 1971 the congregation completed an addition to the building, adding sanctuary space, three Sunday school classrooms, pastor's study, vestibule, and additional classes, kitchen and washrooms in the basement. By the mid-1970s only 25 percent of the membership had Mennonite background.

In summer 1976 the St. Ann's congregation formally organized separately from the Vineland Mennonite Brethren Church, and took over ownership of the facility. The charter membership was 125. St. Ann's was an independent congregation for a number of years, despite the original support of the Vineland Mennonite Brethren Church. It joined the Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches in 1999.

Bibliography

Brandt, Susan B. "Bible teaching a highlight." Mennonite Brethren Herald 38, no. 7 (2 April 1999): 16-17.

Durksen, Sheila. "St. Anns pushes out its wall." Mennonite Brethren Herald 10, no. 6 (19 March 1971): 10.

Janzen, Martha. "Many volunteers help church grow." Mennonite Brethren Herald 15, no. 11 (28 May 1976): 15-16.

"New community outreach." Mennonite Brethren Herald 6, no. 40 (24 November 1967): 12.

"News from St. Ann's." Mennonite Brethren Herald 12, no. 4 (23 February 1973): 19.

"The Vineland (Ontario) Church." Mennonite Brethren Herald 6, no. 28 (1 September 1967): 20.

Additional Information

Address: 5425 Regional Road #69, St. Ann's, ON L0R 1Y0

Phone: 905 957-7436

Website: http://www.stannscommunitychurch.ca/

Denominational Affiliations: Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Ordained Leaders at St. Ann's Community Church

Name Years
of Service
Henry H. Wiebe 1967-1981
Albert Friesen 1992-1997
Clinton Bell 1997-1999
Michael Hotson 1999-2008
Bob Snider 2008-2010
Greg Good
(Youth)
2010-2015
Kevin Klassen 2010-2013
Lennie Fahnestock
(Interim)
2015-2016
Greg Allen 2016-present

Membership at St. Ann's Community Church

Year Membership
1976 125
2000 102
2010 101
2015 113

Map

Map:St. Ann's Community Church (St. Ann's, Ontario, Canada)


Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published February 2017


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Steiner, Sam. "St. Ann's Community Church (St. Ann's, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2017. Web. 21 Jul 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=St._Ann%27s_Community_Church_(St._Ann%27s,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=147284.

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Steiner, Sam. (February 2017). St. Ann's Community Church (St. Ann's, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 July 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=St._Ann%27s_Community_Church_(St._Ann%27s,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=147284.




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