Mennonite Church Canada) and you can find a lot more on there including our entire Confession of Faith in great detail!
Mennonites believe in Jesus Christ as the One sent by God to bring reconciliation to a broken world, and believe in the Bible as the central source of inspiration for faithful living. Mennonites share essential core beliefs with Christians of Catholic and Protestant communities. We emphasize the connections between faith, words and actions.
We believe baptism should be voluntary and should be accompanied by a lifestyle that reflects the teachings of Jesus. Inside each of us there is a yearning to understand why we are here. Mennonites believe the answer lies in both believing in and following Jesus, and that peace building is an achievable way of life. Mennonites seek to live out Jesus’ teachings by being active members of church communities who live out their beliefs in the community at large.
We believe that peace and wholeness are real possibilities. It’s how God intends us to live here and now. We use the tools God has given us as we strive for wholeness through our faith in Jesus Christ. Living as peace builders when war comes is not easy because many in our society believe it is foolish to refuse to defend oneself and one’s country in the face of aggression.
I feel like the most important part of being a Mennonite for me, is the stance on peace and justice as lived out by Jesus in the New Testament. Sometime I will talk about working with a Christian organization where I actively stood up against violence and injustice in various parts of the world, including in Canada.
Anyways, back to my church. It is a simple building, and by far my favourite part is the stone wall at the front of the sanctuary with the simple cross hanging there.
Our sanctuary is light and airy and simple. I love it.
I love the practices which my church follows. We do Child Dedication, as we believe that baptism needs to be an informed choice, usually made when you are an adult. (Many people get baptised around age 18. I was 25.) In the child dedication service we commit to raising our child to know God and Jesus and ask for the church's support as we undertake that task. Here are both my kids, with our lead pastor, after their dedication services.
I teach Grade 6 Sunday School this year. We have Sunday School for EVERY age starting at age 2. Sam's three year old class has eight kids in it and my Grade 6 class has ten kids. Our Sunday School is one of the biggest programs in our entire national church. We have a lot of kids and we really celebrate that.
I love the Care Groups (small groups) organized by my church. I have been in the same one since December 2001. I met some of my best friends through this care group. We have gone through a number of permutations but the core has been the same since we first started meeting. This group has seen me go from a single person, to a married woman with children. We talked this summer about our care group is like an extended family with all the kids as cousins. I love that image since I grew up with a large extended family and my kids only have four cousins in total and three of them they don't see very much. Our Care Group currently has seventeen people in it!