First Mennonite Church celebrates 90 years

November 7, 2022

On Oct. 30, First Mennonite Church in Saskatoon celebrated 90 years of congregational life. The church held a special worship service, lunch and anniversary program to mark the occasion. First Mennonite was founded in the 1920s by Mennonites of German descent, primarily as an urban congregation for Mennonite women working in Saskatoon. Reverend J.J. Thiessen gave leadership to this work. In 1936, the congregation built its first church building on 4th Avenue in Saskatoon, but relocated to its present location at 418 Queen Street in Saskatoon in 1956. Over the years, the church helped to establish other Mennonite congregations in the city. The anniversary program included the retelling of the First Mennonite Church story and tributes to past leaders and pastors, as well as singing of favourite hymns.

—By Emily Summach

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