Community Mennonite Church of Stouffville (Stouffville, Ontario, Canada)
Community Mennonite Church of Stouffville, Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, began in 1996 as an outreach from the Hagerman Mennonite Church. In 1995 a significant number of members at Hagerman developed a vision to start a new church in the town of Stouffville, and about half the congregation helped to form the new congregation--about 30 adults and 25 children. Hagerman's pastor, Gord Alton, agreed to serve both congregations during a transition period that lasted four years. He continued as Community Mennonite's pastor for an additional six years.
Over the years, the Community Mennonite congregation's members have been active, both in local and national politics. Its members were central to erecting a plaque honoring the Town of Stouffville's founding pacifists who settled the local area prior to the War of 1812. Members of the congregation have run for local political office, and another Community Mennonite member, Jane Philpott, was elected as a Member of Parliament in 2015 and served as a minister in the Liberal government.
The congregation was also the home of several of the founders of the drama troupe, Theatre of the Beat, who have addressed numerous contemporary issues in their projects.
Community Mennonite has always rented space in the facilities of Parkview Village, a complex begun by Mennonites that provides a range of facilities for seniors.
Community Mennonite's mission statement commits, "To be a growing Christian community seeking to love God and God's creation, our neighbours and ourselves."
Benner, Dick. "'Seeking the welfare of the city': God at work in the halls of power." Canadian Mennonite 18, no. 22 (10 November 2014):4-7.
Reesor-McDowell, Joanna. "Hagerman church fosters two new congregations." Canadian Mennonite 7, no. 4 (24 February 2003): 26.
Address: P.O. Box 95028, Stouffville, ON L4A 1J1
Meeting at: Parkview Village Auditorium, 12184 Ninth Line, Stouffville, Ontario
Community Mennonite Pastoral Leaders
|Marv Friesen (Interim)||2018-present|
Community Mennonite Membership
|Date Published||August 2016|
Cite This Article
Steiner, Sam. "Community Mennonite Church of Stouffville (Stouffville, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2016. Web. 19 Apr 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Community_Mennonite_Church_of_Stouffville_(Stouffville,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=156265.
Steiner, Sam. (August 2016). Community Mennonite Church of Stouffville (Stouffville, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 April 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Community_Mennonite_Church_of_Stouffville_(Stouffville,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=156265.
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