United Mennonite Church – Thompson, MB
United Mennontie Church fonds
Dates of Creation
0.5 cm of textual records
In 1961, the Conference of Mennonites in Canada sponsored the organization of a Mennonite congregation in Thompson. A meeting house was constructed soon thereafter and then expanded. The people came from various Mennonite backgrounds. Therefore, it was felt that the congregation should be a member of various Mennonite conferences, mainly to avoid each conference founding its own, affiliated congregation. So the congregation made application in 1968 to join the Conference of Mennonites in Canada and the Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. In 1969, the Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches in convention rejected the application and the congregation withdrew both applications at the time. They became a member of the General Conference Mennonite Church in 1981.
The leaders of the congregation have included John Harder (1963–1965), Ernie Sawatzky (1968–1972), Archie Jantzen (1974–1975), Tom Neufeld (1976–1978), Gloria and Vern Redekop (1982–1984), Allan Froese (1988–1989), Bea Shantz (1990–1991), Don Read (1992), Joan Blatz (1994-1999). There have been a number of gaps in pastoral leadership.
The language of worship is English.
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of minutes and reports of the application process for the Thompson congregation to join the Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. There are copies of the application (1968), and the congregational constitution (1968).
Records were transferred to the Centre for M.B. Studies archives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Location: Volume 526.
- Finding aid consists of a series description and a file list.
- Formerly classified under the Canadian Conference of MB Churches inventory BC-545.
- Described by Bert Friesen 13 September 2001.
- No restrictions.
1. Thompson United Mennonite Church documents. Correspondence between representatives of the congregation and the Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches/Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1967-1969), application document (1968), and the congregation constitution (1968). -- 1967–1969.