Schoenwiese Mennonite Church (Starbuck, Manitoba, Canada)

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The Schoenwiese Mennonite Church (Schoenwieser Mennoniten Gemeinde) at Starbuck, Manitoba traces its beginning to a small group of Mennonite immigrants from the Soviet Union that settled on farms in the area beginning in 1924. At first the families met to worship in the second storey of a lumber yard. For a short time they met in the Lutheran church building. Later they met at the home of the Peter Falk family, whose farm was over 9 km from Starbuck. The group also met in the homes of Agatha Fast and Helene Penner, who volunteered as Sunday school teachers, established a German school, and generally kept the young people engaged in singing groups and other celebrations and programs. The sermons were primarily given by Wilhelm Schellenberg and Jakob Berg, until the well-known and experienced immigrant Aeltester (bishop) Johann P. Klassen, arrived in 1926. In honor of Klassen’s home village, Schoenwiese, Zaporozhye, the group at Starbuck, decided to call the church the Schoenwieser Mennoniten Gemeinde. The church began services in 1924. It was affiliated with the Conference of Mennonites in Canada.

The Starbuck Mennonite Church was the first of many worshiping groups that organized under the Johann P. Klassen’s leadership as part of the Schoenwiese Mennonite Church group. The Winnipeg group which organized just a little after the Starbuck group, eventually became the largest group of a total of 37 such groups. A small church building was constructed at Starbuck, and farming families from the Fannystelle, Culross and Elm Creek area met in Starbuck. The language of worship was German.

When the congregation dissolved, its remaining members joined the Springstein Mennonite Church.


Klassen, Is. Dem Herrn die Ehre: Schoenwieser Mennoniten Gemeinde von Manitoba, 1924-1968. Altona, MB: The Conference, 1969: 1-8.

Author(s) Alf Redekopp
Date Published November 2015

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