South Sudanese Mennonite Church (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
In 2010, five South Sudanese families living in Edmonton were sitting at home every Sunday morning, unsure where they could worship and belong. Finally, in February 2012, the families got together and decided to approach Mennonite Church Alberta for help. After researching different options, they felt Mennonites were the best fit because the Mennonite church has a strong peace stance and cares about social justice.
First Mennonite Church in Edmonton took the refugee families under its wing, including them in its church services for almost a year while helping them find a place to worship and supporting them while the group applied to be incorporated in late 2012 as the South Sudan Mennonite Church Of Edmonton. Tim Wiebe-Neufeld, pastor of First Mennonite at the time, also offered them a series of classes on what it means to be a Mennonite, which the members highly appreciated.
On 27 January 2013, the South Sudanese Mennonite Church held its first church service in a new rental space at Emmanuel Community Church. The congregation was welcomed as a member of Mennonite Church Alberta in March 2014.
In 2020 the church had approximately 40 congregants. Its leadership team included the pastor, an evangelist, a deacon, a secretary, a treasurer, a minister of children, and a missions leader. Women also served as deacons and wore blue dresses to signify their authority in the church. In addition, every year, the church sent a group of women to the Mennonite Church Alberta women’s retreat.
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Address: 6505-140th Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5A 1H1
Denominational Affiliations: Mennonite Church Alberta
Pastoral Leaders at the South Sudanese Mennonite Church
|Reuben Tharjiath Tut||2014-present|
Membership at the South Sudanese Mennonite Church
|Author(s)||Samuel J Steiner|
|Date Published||June 2021|
Cite This Article
Steiner, Samuel J. "South Sudanese Mennonite Church (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2021. Web. 18 Jan 2022. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=South_Sudanese_Mennonite_Church_(Edmonton,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=171770.
Steiner, Samuel J. (June 2021). South Sudanese Mennonite Church (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 January 2022, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=South_Sudanese_Mennonite_Church_(Edmonton,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=171770.
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