Mennonites first settled in North Kildonan in 1928, in part to fulfill immigration requirements to be farmers and yet be close to city employment opportunities. These families initially worshiped together even though they came from distinctly different backgrounds.
In 1935 the families which affliated with the Schönwieser Gemeinde, organized their own group and built a meeting house on Devon Avenue. In 1938 this building was expanded. In 1938 Anna Vogt also began the first German Kindergarten. Further expansion of this building happened in 1943. Due to immigration after World War II, a new meeting house basement was completed on Roch Street in 1951 and the upper building in 1956. In 1964 this building was further expanded, and again in the late 1980s. The congregation became independent of the Schoenwieser Gemeinde (by then known as First Mennonite Church (Winnipeg) in 1957. Daniel Loewen is considered the founding leader of the group.
In 1965 there were 348 members; in 1975, 458; in 1985, 512; in 1995, 478; in 2000, 431. The congregation has been affiliated with the Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba (1958-), Conference of Mennonites in Canada (1958-), and General Conference Mennonite Church (1959-). The languages of worship are German and English; the transition from German occurred in the 1970s.
The leaders of the congregation have included: Daniel Loewen (1933-1934, 1943-1950), Johann Enns was the Schönwieser Ältester, Victor Schröder (1936-1969), H. Janzen (1936-1937), Peter Dirks (1939-1941), Is. Klassen (1945-1958), Jacob Friesen (1951-1956), Abe Rempel (1967-1978) , Jakob Wiebe (1978-1995), Henry Harder (1981), David Epp (1982-1993), Edward Enns (1988-1990), Albert Durksen (1990- ).
Canadian Mennonite (20 May 1960): 23.
50th Anniversary: North Kildonan Mennonite Church 1935-1985. Winnipeg, MB, 1987, 157 pp.
Mennonite Reporter (15 September 1986): 14.
Fast, Karl, ed. Fiftieth Anniversary of the Mennonite Settlement in North Kildonan. Winnipeg, 1978, 128 pp.
Fast, Karl. Fuenfundzwanzig Jahre der mennonitischen Ansiedlung zu Nord Kildonan, 1928-1953. 1953, 70 pp.
North Kildonan Mennonitengemeinde, 1935-1975. Winnipeg: North Kildonan Mennonitengemeinde, 1975, 96 pp.
Archival RecordsChurch records at Mennonite Heritage Centre
Address: 1131 Roch Street, Winnipeg MB R2G 1S1
|Author(s)||John H. Enns|
|Date Published||February 1989|
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Enns, John H. and Marlene Epp. "North Kildonan Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 1989. Web. 30 Jan 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=North_Kildonan_Mennonite_Church_(Winnipeg,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=93125.
Enns, John H. and Marlene Epp. (February 1989). North Kildonan Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 January 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=North_Kildonan_Mennonite_Church_(Winnipeg,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=93125.
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