Riverton Fellowship Circle (Riverton, Manitoba, Canada)

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The Riverton Fellowship in Riverton, Manitoba, Canada began meeting in 1985, when the Indigenous community expressed its desire for a church. They were led by Neill and Edith von Gunten, who also did ministry work in Matheson Island and Pine Dock, and community member Barb Daniels. The congregation had the support of the Conference of Mennonites in Canada Native Ministries program.

The vision for the fellowship circle and its worship style developed directly from the community. At first, the church had around 40 participants every Sunday, even around 80 at high points, but in the 2010s only a handful remained

The community built its own church building in 1997 and the group joined Mennonite Church Manitoba in 2006.

Community and Pastoral Care workers Neill and Edith Von Gunten served until 2005 as congregational leaders.

Riverton Fellowship Circle decided on 24 June 2020 to close its doors, passing a motion to dissolve the church corporation and its assets. It gifted its building to the Riverton and District Friendship Centre, with whom it had a close relationship.


CMC Nexus (June 1996): 10.

Klassen-Wiebe, Nicolien. "Riverton Fellowship Circle closes its doors." Canadian Mennonite 24, no. 16D (29 July 2020). Web. 30 July 2020. https://canadianmennonite.org/stories/riverton-fellowship-circle-closes-its-doors.

Mennonite Reporter (25 January 1993): B2-B3; (28 June 1993): 12; (18 April 1994): B3; (15 April 1996): 5; (7 July 1997): 11.

Additional Information

Address: Riverton MB  R0C 2R0

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Samuel J. Thiessen
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Date Published July 2020

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