The Waterloo conference in September 1892 provided that the meetings in Blandford be held only during the six months in the summer. In 1904 the interest in this field had so far dwindled that the April Conference authorized Moses Cressman to make sale of the building. The burial place was maintained by the community. In 1917 the Conference appointed M. Cressman trustee for the Blandford church property.cemetery. This church formerly owned by the Evangelical Church came under the ownership of a cemetery board to serve as a community church. Members of the the St. Jacobs congregation, Waterloo County, Ontario, for a number of years gave regular attention to Sunday school, preaching, and visitation until a few Mennonite families moved into the community and the care of it has come under the Mennonite Mission Board of Ontario. A few converts were won so that there was a membership of seven. This new location, known as the Bright Mennonite Mission, was three miles (five km) east of the former site and cemetery. Moses N. Baer (1913-1978), who served as the minister at the Bright Mission in these years, is buried in the cemetery with his wife, Selema Brubacher Baer (1913-1988). He was one of the ministers who withdrew from the Mennonite Conference of Ontario in late 1959 and formed the Conservative Mennonite Church of Ontario; the Bright congregation was part of that conference until it closed in 1969. Its membership never exceeded 17.
Cressman, Kenneth. A descriptive analysis of the Conservative Mennonite schisms in Ontario, 1956-1979. Unpublished paper, 1979.
|Author(s)||Joseph C. Fretz|
|Date Published||October 2009|
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Fretz, Joseph C. and Sam Steiner. (October 2009). Blandford Mennonite Church (Bright, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 10 March 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Blandford_Mennonite_Church_(Bright,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=91144.
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