Prairie Mennonite Fellowship (Crystal City, Manitoba, Canada)

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Prairie Mennonite Fellowship in Crystal City, Manitoba, Canada began in Spring 2020 as a merger of the Crystal City Mennonite Church and the Trinity Mennonite Fellowship in Mather, Manitoba. The idea merging had been discussed for almost a decade, but the official process began in 2018.

During the first year each church facilitated conversations within its own congregation. In November 2019 the two churches voted to amalgamate, with strong support in favor of the union. Then came logistics. The biggest issue was selecting which building to use and which to leave behind. A neighboring Hutterite colony wanted to buy Trinity Mennonite, along with all the other buildings in Mather. Some Trinity congregants were against the proposition and some were for it, a situation that created tension and conflict. Ultimately the decision was made to use Crystal City's building and to sell the Trinity property.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was not possible to have in-person closing ceremonies. The new congregation worshipped together online and on 28 June 2020 held its first in-person worship service.

Erin Morash had begun serving both Crystal City Mennonite Church and Trinity Mennonite Fellowship in Mather in September 2006 and continued as pastor of the new congregation.

Bibliography

Klassen-Wiebe, Nicolien. "Hope and faith . . . even when things don’t go as planned: Two churches in rural Manitoba merge into one." Canadian Mennonite 24, no. 16D (29 July 2020). Web. 30 July 2020. https://canadianmennonite.org/stories/hope-and-faith-even-when-things-don%E2%80%99t-go-planned.

Additional Information

Address: Crystal City, MB, R0K 0N0 (Co-ordinates 49.0810105,-98.9501414)

Phone:

Website

Denominational Affiliations: Mennonite Church Manitoba

Mennonite Church Canada


Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published July2020


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Steiner, Samuel J. "Prairie Mennonite Fellowship (Crystal City, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July2020. Web. 9 Aug 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Prairie_Mennonite_Fellowship_(Crystal_City,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=168966.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (July2020). Prairie Mennonite Fellowship (Crystal City, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 9 August 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Prairie_Mennonite_Fellowship_(Crystal_City,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=168966.




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