The Maidstone Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church, located in Maidstone, northern Saskatchewan, was a member of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, Rosthern District. It was organized in 1926 with 12 members under the leadership of John Bettcher. The congregation bought a house in 1937 that they used for a church. They moved this building into the town of Maidstone in 1943 and rebuilt it. In 1954 there were eight members with W. W. Martens as leader. The transition from German to English occurred in the 1940s. In 1955 there were 8 members.
In the early 1960s the church split and some members joined the Baptist Church for several years. The Northern Saskatchewan district made attempts to amalgamate the Maidstone and Lashburn Mennonite Brethren Churches in 1964, but they did not unite because the distance between the churches was too great and because there was a feeling that Lashburn could not serve Maidstone effectively. Throughout 1965 the Lashburn Baptists used the Maidstone facilities. Maidstone MB members suspended their own services but retained their MB memberships. The church was dissolved in 1967. The church building was sold to a private citizen and later to the Plymouth Brethren, and the proceeds of the sale were distributed to missions.
"Maidstone MB Church." Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Web. 29 July 2011. http://www.mbconf.ca/home/products_and_services/resources/published_genealogies/mb_provincial_conferences_and_church_congregation_records/saskatchewan_archives/maidstone_mennonite_brethren_church_archives/.
Archival RecordsCentre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, MB: Volume 613, Reel 14.
Maidstone MB Church Leading Ministers
|W. W. Martens||1954–1956|
|Abram H. Dueck||1957–1958|
|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||July 2011|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "Maidstone Mennonite Brethren Church (Maidstone, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2011. Web. 31 Jan 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Maidstone_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Maidstone,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=115834.
Thiessen, Richard D. (July 2011). Maidstone Mennonite Brethren Church (Maidstone, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 31 January 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Maidstone_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Maidstone,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=115834.
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