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[[File:Hanley%20Mennonite%202.jpg|400px|thumb|right|''Hanley Mennonite Church<br />
 
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Source: [http://www.mcsask.ca/churches/hanley.htm Mennonite Church Saskatchewan website]'']]
 
Source: [http://www.mcsask.ca/churches/hanley.htm Mennonite Church Saskatchewan website]'']]
Russian Mennonite immigrant families arrived in the Hanley area of Saskatchewan in the 1920s. They soon formed a congregation for worship, meeting in homes and farm buildings. The church formally organized in 1925. [[Klassen, Johann J. (1872-1942)|Johann J. Klassen]] is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the [[Union of Soviet Socialist Republics|Soviet Union]].
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Russian Mennonite immigrant families arrived in the Hanley area of [[Saskatchewan (Canada)|Saskatchewan]] in the 1920s. They soon formed a congregation for worship, meeting in homes and farm buildings. That year, these families joined other Mennonites to form the [[Nordheim Mennonite Church Group (Saskatchewan, Canada)|Nordheimer Gemeinde]], a group of congregations that, at its peak, had 400 members in a broad area spanning much of southern Saskatchewan. But by the 1930s the ''Gemeinde'' had decreased to three congregations. Hanley, [[Dundurn Mennonite Church (Dundurn, Saskatchewan, Canada)|Dundurn]] and [[Pleasant Point Mennonite Church (Clavet, Saskatchewan, Canada)|Pleasant Point]] Mennonite churches remained part of the ''Gemeinde'' until it dissolved in 1975. Thereafter, the congregations gradually emerged as independent congregations, [[Klassen, Johann J. (1872-1942)|Johann J. Klassen]] is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the [[Union of Soviet Socialist Republics|Soviet Union]].
  
In 1929 they completed their first meeting house. A larger meeting house was completed in 1956. During these years the congregation was part of the [[Nordheim Mennonite Church Group (Saskatchewan, Canada)|Nordheimer Gemeinde]], a multi-congregation church. The Nordheimer Gemeinde was dissolved in 1975. Thereafter, the congregations gradually emerged as independent congregations, including Hanley. By 1980 the congregation was independent although there were still associations with the other independent congregations which emerged from the Gemeinde.
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The congregation built its first meetinghouse in 1929, on 0.8 hectares of land purchased by the ladies aid group. During a large celebration in the 1950s, a beam in the building’s foundation broke, collapsing the floor. The church constructed a new building in 1956.
  
The language of worship is English and German; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.
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During the 1950s, the congregation ordained two women to serve as missionaries. Esther Patkau served in [[Japan]] for 30 years, and Mary Epp served in the [[Congo, Democratic Republic of|Congo]] for 23 years.
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The church called Gary Peters and his wife, Margaret Ewen Peters, into ministry in 1989. As the congregation’s first salaried ministers, they served together until 2011, when Margaret resigned to serve the [[Fiske Mennonite Church (Fiske, Saskatchewan, Canada)|Fiske]] and [[Herschel Ebenfeld Mennonite Church (Herschel, Saskatchewan, Canada)|Herschel Ebenfeld Mennonite]] congregations. Gary continued as Hanley Mennonite’s sole pastor on a half-time basis. In early 2020, he told the congregation he wished to move toward retirement. For some years, attendance averaged 15 to 20 people, including children. The official membership was 75, but most no longer lived in the community.
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On 4 April 2021 the congregation held its closing service. The congregation retained the cemetery, but hoped to sell the building for use elsewhere.
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The language of worship was initially German; the transition from German to English occurred in the 1960s.
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The congregation's cemetery is on the churchyard
 
= Bibliography =
 
= Bibliography =
<span class="gameo_bibliography">Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives (Winnipeg, MB): "Hanley Mennonite Church fonds." Web. 9 July 2010. [http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/programs/archives/holdings/SK/SK_HanleyMC.htm http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/programs/archives/holdings/SK/SK_HanleyMC.htm].
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Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives (Winnipeg, MB): "Hanley Mennonite Church fonds." Web. 9 July 2010. https://archives.mhsc.ca/hanley-mennonite-church-fonds.
  
 
''Mennonite Reporter'' (24 June 1996): 14.
 
''Mennonite Reporter'' (24 June 1996): 14.
  
<em class="gameo_bibliography">Nordheimer Mennonite Church of Saskatchewan, 1925-1975.</em> Hanley, SK: Nordheimer Mennonite Church, 1975, 140 pp.
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''Nordheimer Mennonite Church of Saskatchewan, 1925-1975.'' Hanley, SK: Nordheimer Mennonite Church, 1975, 140 pp.
  
<h3>Archival Records</h3>
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Schulz, Donna. "The church lives on in the people: Hanley Mennonite closes after nearly 100 years." ''Canadian Mennonite'' 25, no. 9 (26 April 2021): 20-21.
Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg, MB: [http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/programs/archives/holdings/SK/SK_HanleyMC.htm Vols. 66, 1622, 2824, 2883, 4031, 4426].
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Summach, Emily. "Churches leave a legacy: three Saskatchewan churches face decisions after closing their doors." ''Canadian Mennonite'' 26, no. 1 (10 January 2022): 26-27.
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==Archival Records==
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Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg, MB: https://archives.mhsc.ca/hanley-mennonite-church-fonds Vols. 66, 1622, 2824, 2883, 4031, 4426.
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Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK:  Volume 387.
 
= Additional Information =
 
= Additional Information =
 
'''Address''': Box 387, Hanley, SK S0G 2E0
 
'''Address''': Box 387, Hanley, SK S0G 2E0
  
'''Location''': Located nine miles west of Hanley
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'''Location''': 15 km west of Hanley on Highway 764, then 1.9 km north on gravel road [Coordinates: 51.6376°N, 106.6422°W].
  
 
'''Phone''': 306-544-2722
 
'''Phone''': 306-544-2722
  
Denominational Affiliations:
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'''Denominational Affiliations''':
  
 
[[Mennonite Church Saskatchewan|Mennonite Church Saskatchewan]]
 
[[Mennonite Church Saskatchewan|Mennonite Church Saskatchewan]]
  
Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1925-present)
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Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1925-2021)
  
 
[[General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM)|General Conference Mennonite Church]] (1926-1999)
 
[[General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM)|General Conference Mennonite Church]] (1926-1999)
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Hanley Mennonite Church
Source: Mennonite Church Saskatchewan website

Russian Mennonite immigrant families arrived in the Hanley area of Saskatchewan in the 1920s. They soon formed a congregation for worship, meeting in homes and farm buildings. That year, these families joined other Mennonites to form the Nordheimer Gemeinde, a group of congregations that, at its peak, had 400 members in a broad area spanning much of southern Saskatchewan. But by the 1930s the Gemeinde had decreased to three congregations. Hanley, Dundurn and Pleasant Point Mennonite churches remained part of the Gemeinde until it dissolved in 1975. Thereafter, the congregations gradually emerged as independent congregations, Johann J. Klassen is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union.

The congregation built its first meetinghouse in 1929, on 0.8 hectares of land purchased by the ladies aid group. During a large celebration in the 1950s, a beam in the building’s foundation broke, collapsing the floor. The church constructed a new building in 1956.

During the 1950s, the congregation ordained two women to serve as missionaries. Esther Patkau served in Japan for 30 years, and Mary Epp served in the Congo for 23 years.

The church called Gary Peters and his wife, Margaret Ewen Peters, into ministry in 1989. As the congregation’s first salaried ministers, they served together until 2011, when Margaret resigned to serve the Fiske and Herschel Ebenfeld Mennonite congregations. Gary continued as Hanley Mennonite’s sole pastor on a half-time basis. In early 2020, he told the congregation he wished to move toward retirement. For some years, attendance averaged 15 to 20 people, including children. The official membership was 75, but most no longer lived in the community.

On 4 April 2021 the congregation held its closing service. The congregation retained the cemetery, but hoped to sell the building for use elsewhere.

The language of worship was initially German; the transition from German to English occurred in the 1960s.

The congregation's cemetery is on the churchyard

Bibliography

Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives (Winnipeg, MB): "Hanley Mennonite Church fonds." Web. 9 July 2010. https://archives.mhsc.ca/hanley-mennonite-church-fonds.

Mennonite Reporter (24 June 1996): 14.

Nordheimer Mennonite Church of Saskatchewan, 1925-1975. Hanley, SK: Nordheimer Mennonite Church, 1975, 140 pp.

Schulz, Donna. "The church lives on in the people: Hanley Mennonite closes after nearly 100 years." Canadian Mennonite 25, no. 9 (26 April 2021): 20-21.

Summach, Emily. "Churches leave a legacy: three Saskatchewan churches face decisions after closing their doors." Canadian Mennonite 26, no. 1 (10 January 2022): 26-27.

Archival Records

Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg, MB: https://archives.mhsc.ca/hanley-mennonite-church-fonds Vols. 66, 1622, 2824, 2883, 4031, 4426.

Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK: Volume 387.

Additional Information

Address: Box 387, Hanley, SK S0G 2E0

Location: 15 km west of Hanley on Highway 764, then 1.9 km north on gravel road [Coordinates: 51.6376°N, 106.6422°W].

Phone: 306-544-2722

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Saskatchewan

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1925-2021)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1926-1999)

Hanley Mennonite Church Ministers

Minister Years
Abram Martens 1929-1934
Abram A. Kröger 1931-1941
Franz Epp 1929-1977
Jacob Schellenberg 1943-1981
Henry Peters 1959-1996
Henry Patkau 1971-1981
Margaret and Gary Peters 1990-2021

Hanley Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1975 102
1985 111
1995 94
2000 98
2010 99
2020 75


Author(s) Donna Schulz
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published January 2022

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Schulz, Donna and Richard D. Thiessen. "Hanley Mennonite Church (Hanley, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 2022. Web. 13 Aug 2022. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hanley_Mennonite_Church_(Hanley,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=172879.

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Schulz, Donna and Richard D. Thiessen. (January 2022). Hanley Mennonite Church (Hanley, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 13 August 2022, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hanley_Mennonite_Church_(Hanley,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=172879.




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