Laird Mennonite Church (Laird, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Laird was a district of the large Rosenort Mennonite Church (Rosenorter Gemeinde) of Saskatchewan, centering in the town of Laird (1950s population - 400; 2001 population - 236). It is located about 50 miles (80 km) north of the city of Saskatoon. The Rosenorter Gemeinde was established in 1894 by the Elder Peter Regier, who had emigrated from Prussia in 1893. In 1909 there were enough families in the wider area to form districts with a minister in charge of each. Eventually the Rosenort Mennonite Church contained 11 church districts and had over 1,400 baptized members in the mid-1950s.
Laird was one of the first organized districts of this church. It had a church building since 1910. Additions to the church building were made in 1926 and 1959, and a new church was built in 1985.
In 1955 the Rosenorter Gemeinde split into two Gemeinden; namely, the Rosenorter and Vereinigten Mennoniten Gemeinden. Laird then belonged to the latter. The congregation became independent in 1962 when both Gemeinden dissolved.
Among the ministers during the first 60 years were Heinrich Warkentin, Jacob Janzen, Cornelius K. Ens, David Epp, Cornelius F. Sawatzky and Arthur Friesen. In the mid-1950s there were four ministers and one deacon serving the Laird district, which had over 100 members. The elder (in 1954) was J. G. Rempel, who lived in the main district of the congregation, Rosthern. The town also had a Mennonite Brethren church.
The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1940s.
The congregation celebrated its centennial on 28-29 August 2010.
Canadian Mennonite (10 July 1970): 3; (20 September 2010): 23.
Mennonite Reporter (1 September 1986): 13.
Rempel, J. G. Die Rosenorter Gemeinde in Saskatchewan. 1950, 183 pp.
Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives, Winnipeg, MB: Vols. 66, 1089, 4175, 4262.
Location: 220 1st Street N., Laird, SK
Mailing address: Box 178, Laird, SK S0K 2H0
Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada
General Conference Mennonite Church (until 1999)
Laird Mennonite Church Ministers
|Isaac I. Penner||1941-1955|
|Barb and Wilmer Froese||1991-2005|
|Benno Klassen (interim)||2005|
Laird Mennonite Church Membership
|Author(s)||John G. Rempel|
|Date Published||February 1989|
Cite This Article
Rempel, John G. and Marlene Epp. "Laird Mennonite Church (Laird, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 1989. Web. 18 Jan 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Laird_Mennonite_Church_(Laird,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=92387.
Rempel, John G. and Marlene Epp. (February 1989). Laird Mennonite Church (Laird, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 January 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Laird_Mennonite_Church_(Laird,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=92387.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 268. All rights reserved.
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