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[[File:Digital-34.jpg|300px|thumb|right|''Spring Creek Mennonite Meetinghouse in 2004'']]   
  
Meetinghouse in 2004 '']]    The Spring Creek Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse is located in at 9596 Concession 6, one km south of Highway 89, five km east of Mount Forest.
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The Spring Creek Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse is located in at 9596 Concession 6, one km south of Highway 89, five km east of Mount Forest.
  
 
During the early 1960s, leaders within the [[Old Order Mennonites|Old Order Mennonite]] community visited the Mount Forest area to investigate the possibility of settling there. Urban areas of [[Waterloo County (Ontario, Canada)|Waterloo County]] were expanding into the surrounding Old Order community, and the cost of agricultural land there was rising. In 1964 two families purchased farms in the area, despite some opposition within the community toward moving away from Waterloo County.  
 
During the early 1960s, leaders within the [[Old Order Mennonites|Old Order Mennonite]] community visited the Mount Forest area to investigate the possibility of settling there. Urban areas of [[Waterloo County (Ontario, Canada)|Waterloo County]] were expanding into the surrounding Old Order community, and the cost of agricultural land there was rising. In 1964 two families purchased farms in the area, despite some opposition within the community toward moving away from Waterloo County.  
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In 2004, the number of families in the Spring Creek district was around 50. An accurate count of "members" is not always available because Old Order Mennonites think of themselves as members of the church at large and not just the immediate congregation.
 
In 2004, the number of families in the Spring Creek district was around 50. An accurate count of "members" is not always available because Old Order Mennonites think of themselves as members of the church at large and not just the immediate congregation.
 
= Bibliography =
 
= Bibliography =
<em class="gameo_bibliography">Mennonite Reporter</em> (6 February 1989): 14.
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<em>Mennonite Reporter</em> (6 February 1989): 14.
  
 
Information from the congregation.
 
Information from the congregation.
 
= Additional Information =
 
= Additional Information =
<strong>Table 1: Spring Creek Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse Ordained Leaders</strong>
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=== Table 1: Spring Creek Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse Ordained Leaders ===
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! Ministers !! Years of Service  !! Deacons !! Years of Service
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| Cleason B. Martin  || 9 November 1982-  || Levi B. Frey  || 4 November 1980-
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|   ||   || Henry M. Weber  || 25 November 2003-
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<table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0"> <tr> <td><strong>Ministers</strong></td> <td></td> <td><strong>Deacons </strong></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cleason B. Martin
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</td> <td>9 November 1982- </td> <td>Levi B. Frey </td> <td>4 November 1980- </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> </td> <td>Henry M. Weber </td> <td>25 November 2003- </td> </tr> </table>
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Spring Creek Mennonite Meetinghouse in 2004

The Spring Creek Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse is located in at 9596 Concession 6, one km south of Highway 89, five km east of Mount Forest.

During the early 1960s, leaders within the Old Order Mennonite community visited the Mount Forest area to investigate the possibility of settling there. Urban areas of Waterloo County were expanding into the surrounding Old Order community, and the cost of agricultural land there was rising. In 1964 two families purchased farms in the area, despite some opposition within the community toward moving away from Waterloo County.

Amsey Bearinger and family were first to move to the Mount Forest area in 1967, and during the next few years, several more families joined them. By 1972, around 15 families had moved to the area.

During these first few years, a leader from the Waterloo County Old Order churches would visit the new settlement every seven weeks to hold church services, and then every four weeks as the community grew. In the summer of 1972 the Spring Creek meetinghouse was erected. In 1985 an addition was built, expanding the meetinghouse by 3 metres (10 feet) in the width and 5.5 meters (18 feet) in the length.

The first ordination in the Mount Forest area was for Melvin Sauder as Deacon on 29 November 1972. As is the practice in Old Order churches, he was ordained by lot from within the congregation. Ordained persons are not paid for their church service.

Over the years as the Old Order Mennonite community in the Mount Forest area has expanded, several new congregations have formed (including Cedarview, Westdale, and Riverdale). Deacons and ministers from the Spring Creek congregation have often served at these younger congregations in addition to their duties at Spring Creek, and some have transferred their services to the new congregation, depending on the situation. No official membership transfer as such takes place among Old Order Mennonite congregations because people automatically "belong to" the congregation whose meetinghouse is closest to their home.

The Spring Creek congregation has not been without its share of tragedy. One of the first deaths in the congregation was that of ten-year-old Noah Frey, who was killed on Highway 89 in the summer of 1973. A year later, his 18-year-old brother, Ephraim, was the victim of a drowning accident; Ephraim had just been baptized into the church the morning of his death.

In 2004, the number of families in the Spring Creek district was around 50. An accurate count of "members" is not always available because Old Order Mennonites think of themselves as members of the church at large and not just the immediate congregation.

[edit] Bibliography

Mennonite Reporter (6 February 1989): 14.

Information from the congregation.

[edit] Additional Information

[edit] Table 1: Spring Creek Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse Ordained Leaders

Ministers Years of Service Deacons Years of Service
Cleason B. Martin 9 November 1982- Levi B. Frey 4 November 1980-
    Henry M. Weber 25 November 2003-


Author(s) Anita Streicher
Date Published 2005


[edit] Cite This Article

MLA style

Streicher, Anita. "Spring Creek Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse (Mount Forest, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 2005. Web. 25 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Spring_Creek_Old_Order_Mennonite_Meetinghouse_(Mount_Forest,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=115618.

APA style

Streicher, Anita. (2005). Spring Creek Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse (Mount Forest, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Spring_Creek_Old_Order_Mennonite_Meetinghouse_(Mount_Forest,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=115618.




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