Zion Mennonite Church (Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada)

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Mennonites from Manitoba first settled in the area south of Swift Current, Saskatchewan around 1905. More settlers came when the railway was built in the area after 1911. In 1913 the Conference of Mennonites in Canada began work in the area to serve the families in the Wymark, Blumenhof, and Neville areas. The first baptisms occurred in the following years. In 1928 a congregation was officially founded with about 75 charter members. This was a multi-congregation church (Gemeinde) with a meeting place near Wymark and another in Swift Current. It was called the Emmaus Mennonite Church. By 1940 the membership had reached 224. In 1959 the membership was 270. It was then decided to form two churches so in 1960 the congregation in Swift Current was called the First Mennonite Church. In late 1960 it changed its name to the Zion Mennonite Church.

The congregation has been affiliated with the Conference of Mennonites of Saskatchewan (1960-), the Conference of Mennonites in Canada (1961-) and the General Conference Mennonite Church (1960-1999). The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.

The church is located at the corner of 6th Ave. NE and Cheadle St. E.

Bibliography

Canadian Mennonite (10 November 1961): 7.

Mennonite Reporter (22 February 1993): B6.

CMC Nexus (February 1996): 11.

Sawatzky, Bryan. "History of the Zion Mennonite Church." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1973, 18 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Additional Information

Address: 78 - 6 Avenue NE, Swift Current, Saskatchewan S9H 2L7

Phone: 306-773-4770

Website: http://zionmennonite.ca/

Denominational Affiliations: Mennonite Church Saskatchewan

Mennonite Church Canada

Pastoral Leaders at Zion Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Abe Neufeld 1960-1969
David Wiebe 1970-1971
Edwin Brandt 1972
Abe Hiebert 1973-1976
Barry Lesser 1979
1983-1991
Ken Schrag 1980-1982
Ray Friesen 1992-1993
Dennis Fehr 1994-1996
Sylvia & Ray Friesen 1997-2004
Herman Wiebe 2005?-2016
Lois Bukar 2017-present

Membership at Zion Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1965 209
1975 268
1985 231
1995 219
2000 210
2011 185
2020 149


Author(s) Bert Friesen
Date Published December 2002

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Friesen, Bert. "Zion Mennonite Church (Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2002. Web. 27 Nov 2021. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Zion_Mennonite_Church_(Swift_Current,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=171978.

APA style

Friesen, Bert. (December 2002). Zion Mennonite Church (Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 November 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Zion_Mennonite_Church_(Swift_Current,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=171978.




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