Clover Valley Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse (Lucknow, Ontario, Canada)

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Clover Valley Old Order Meetinghouse, November 2019. Photo by Sam Steiner

The Clover Valley Old Order Mennonite district began as the more conservative Old Order Mennonite community in the Kinloss area continued to expand. The Clover Valley meetinghouse southwest of the original Martinfield meetinghouse was constructed in 2011.

The Kinloss settlement was rooted in disagreement within the Old Order Mennonite community in the 1980s over the introduction of tractors in the barn and phones in the home. Some families that wished to retain earlier understandings began to move to the Kinloss area in the 1990s. Some also left and joined the Orthodox Mennonite Church. Over time accommodation was found that allowed fellowship between the Kinloss community and the Old Order community in the Region of Waterloo to continue.

As of March 2016 the Clover Valley North and South districts included 32 households.

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. The Old Order also do not see the quantity of members as indicative of the congregation's importance.  When people move from one geographical area to another, they automatically "belong to" the congregation whose meetinghouse is closest to their home. No membership transfer takes place from the former location.

Bibliography

Draper, Barb. "Old Order Mennonite groups in Ontario are growing." Canadian Mennonite (1 December 2015). https://canadianmennonite.org/stories/old-order-mennonite-groups-ontario-are-growing.

Weber, Urias. New beginnings: a history of the Old Order Mennonites of Ontario. Wallenstein, Ont.: Vineyard Publications, 2018: 170-172.

Additional Information

1070 Grey Ox Avenue, Lucknow, Ontario

Clover Valley Meetinghouse Ordained Leaders

Ministers Years of Service Deacons Years of Service
George M. Martin 2011- Enoch M. Brubacher 2012-


Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published October 2019


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Steiner, Samuel J. "Clover Valley Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse (Lucknow, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2019. Web. 16 Nov 2019. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Clover_Valley_Old_Order_Mennonite_Meetinghouse_(Lucknow,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=166115.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (October 2019). Clover Valley Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse (Lucknow, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 16 November 2019, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Clover_Valley_Old_Order_Mennonite_Meetinghouse_(Lucknow,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=166115.




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