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The Greenfarm Mennonite Brethren Church, located at Greenfarm, originally Bergfeld, near Herbert, [[Saskatchewan (Canada)|Saskatchewan]], organized in 1913 under the initiative of J. W. Thiessen. During the first years the church services were held in the public school. In 1917 a revival took place and 20 members were added to the church. The following year a church building was erected. J. W. Thiessen was succeeded by Johann Thiessen and Isaac P. Penner.
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[[File:GreenfarmMBChurch1950.jpg|400px|thumbnail|''Greenfarm Mennonite Brethren Church, ca. 1950-1951<br />Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)<br />Digitized by Hiebert Library. [http://callimachus.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15008coll27/id/132/rec/84 Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies]''.]]
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In 1912, 15 pioneer Mennonite settler families organized as the Bergfeld [[Mennonite Brethren Church]] (Bergerfeld Mennoniten Brüdergemeinde), located at Bergerfeld, [[Saskatchewan (Canada)|Saskatchewan]]. The name was later changed to Greenfarm Mennonite Brethren Church when the location was renamed Greenfarm. Greenfarm is located in the Rural Municipality of Morse, No. 165. For the first six years the congregation met in the local Greenfarm School building at NE-22-17-10-w3rd. The first pastor was Jacob W. Thiessen who lived in the district and had previously been ordained.
  
In 1950 there were 58 members. The congregation dissolved in 1961. It had been affiliated with the [[Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches|Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches]].
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In 1917 a revival took place and 20 members were added to the church, resulting in the congregation building its own building at SW-23-17-10-w3rd (coordinates: 50.356, -107.150 [50° 21′ 21″ N, 107° 9′ 00″ W]) in 1918. This is about 12 kilometres (7½ miles) south east of the town of [[Herbert (Saskatchewan, Canada)|Herbert]], Saskatchewan. The first [[baptism]] was in 1913 and in 1914 a [[Sunday School|Sunday school]] extension program was opened at the Rosefarm School, some six and a half kilometres (four miles) west of the Greenfarm School building. The congregation had an active choir, ''Jugendverein'', ladies aid, and in the late 1930s and 40s had a ''Männerverein'' to serve with music and song. The congregation was part of the Herbert Kreis (South Saskatchewan District) of the [[Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches]].
  
Greenfarm was part of the Herbert District Conference. In the spring of 1962 the members of Greenfarm Mennonite Brethren (with a few families excepted) amalgamated with [[Herbert Mennonite Brethren Church (Herbert, Saskatchewan, Canada)|Herbert Mennonite Brethren Church]].
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The late 1940s brought many changes with better roads and employment opportunities, resulting in many people leaving Saskatchewan or moving into towns, thus decreasing membership. At a regular business meeting in 1961 the congregation decided to formally close in 1962 and invited its members to join the nearby [[Herbert Mennonite Brethren Church (Herbert, Saskatchewan, Canada)|Herbert Mennonite Brethren Church]], which most did.
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Ministers who served the congregation include: Jacob W. Thiessen (1868-1933), served 1912-1927; Johann J. Thiessen, served 1943-1961 (Thiessen was the first secretary of the [[Canadian Mennonite Board of Colonization]]); N. Janz; John D. Goertzen; Isaak P. Penner; George Penner; Henry Voth; John Guenther; Herald Thiessen; Peter S. Thiessen; and Jacob Voth, the last pastor. Other church workers included Abe Toews, missionary to French West Africa.
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The cemetery which was adjacent to the church building is still in use and maintained.
 
= Bibliography =
 
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Bauer, Jean Penner. "Memories: Greenfarm Mennonite Brethren Church." Jean Penner Bauer, 2005: 202 pp.
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''Herbert Mennonite Brethren Church 1905-1980''. Herbert, SK: Mennonite Brethren Church, Herbert, Saskatchewan, 1980: iv, 61 pp.
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Toews, John A. <em>A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers</em>. Fresno, CA: Board of Christian Literature, General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, 1975.
 
Toews, John A. <em>A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers</em>. Fresno, CA: Board of Christian Literature, General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, 1975.
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= Additional Information =
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Details of burials of the Greenfarm Mennonite Brethren Church Cemetery are found at: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cansacem/greenfarm.html.
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'''Denominational Affiliations''':
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[[Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches|Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches]]
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[[Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches|Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches]]
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[[General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches]]
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Greenfarm Mennonite Brethren Church, ca. 1950-1951
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
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In 1912, 15 pioneer Mennonite settler families organized as the Bergfeld Mennonite Brethren Church (Bergerfeld Mennoniten Brüdergemeinde), located at Bergerfeld, Saskatchewan. The name was later changed to Greenfarm Mennonite Brethren Church when the location was renamed Greenfarm. Greenfarm is located in the Rural Municipality of Morse, No. 165. For the first six years the congregation met in the local Greenfarm School building at NE-22-17-10-w3rd. The first pastor was Jacob W. Thiessen who lived in the district and had previously been ordained.

In 1917 a revival took place and 20 members were added to the church, resulting in the congregation building its own building at SW-23-17-10-w3rd (coordinates: 50.356, -107.150 [50° 21′ 21″ N, 107° 9′ 00″ W]) in 1918. This is about 12 kilometres (7½ miles) south east of the town of Herbert, Saskatchewan. The first baptism was in 1913 and in 1914 a Sunday school extension program was opened at the Rosefarm School, some six and a half kilometres (four miles) west of the Greenfarm School building. The congregation had an active choir, Jugendverein, ladies aid, and in the late 1930s and 40s had a Männerverein to serve with music and song. The congregation was part of the Herbert Kreis (South Saskatchewan District) of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.

The late 1940s brought many changes with better roads and employment opportunities, resulting in many people leaving Saskatchewan or moving into towns, thus decreasing membership. At a regular business meeting in 1961 the congregation decided to formally close in 1962 and invited its members to join the nearby Herbert Mennonite Brethren Church, which most did.

Ministers who served the congregation include: Jacob W. Thiessen (1868-1933), served 1912-1927; Johann J. Thiessen, served 1943-1961 (Thiessen was the first secretary of the Canadian Mennonite Board of Colonization); N. Janz; John D. Goertzen; Isaak P. Penner; George Penner; Henry Voth; John Guenther; Herald Thiessen; Peter S. Thiessen; and Jacob Voth, the last pastor. Other church workers included Abe Toews, missionary to French West Africa.

The cemetery which was adjacent to the church building is still in use and maintained.

[edit] Bibliography

Bauer, Jean Penner. "Memories: Greenfarm Mennonite Brethren Church." Jean Penner Bauer, 2005: 202 pp.

Herbert Mennonite Brethren Church 1905-1980. Herbert, SK: Mennonite Brethren Church, Herbert, Saskatchewan, 1980: iv, 61 pp.

Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. Fresno, CA: Board of Christian Literature, General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, 1975.

[edit] Additional Information

Details of burials of the Greenfarm Mennonite Brethren Church Cemetery are found at: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cansacem/greenfarm.html.

Denominational Affiliations:

Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches


Author(s) Victor G. Wiebe
Date Published September 2014


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Wiebe, Victor G.. "Greenfarm Mennonite Brethren Church (Herbert, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 2014. Web. 26 Jan 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Greenfarm_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Herbert,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=125494.

APA style

Wiebe, Victor G.. (September 2014). Greenfarm Mennonite Brethren Church (Herbert, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 January 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Greenfarm_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Herbert,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=125494.




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