News & Stories

Home Street Mennonite Church is located in the heart of Winnipeg’s inner city. (Home Street Mennonite Church website photo)

Every Sunday morning at Home Street Mennonite Church, two ushers hand out bulletins and seat guests for the worship service. But an hour earlier, a group of “Third Ushers” is... Read More
January 15, 2020 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Members of Peace Church on 52nd in Vancouver are challenged to read one chapter of the gospels every day in 2020. (Photo courtesy of Peace Church on 52nd)

Congregations in Mennonite Church British Columbia are greeting the new year with efforts to deepen spirituality and to hear God’s voice more clearly through group study and Bible... Read More
January 15, 2020 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Imogine (Tina Cressman), Gladys (Lucy Derksen) and Ralph Herdman (Zach Cressman) react with surprise and confusion when they hear the Christmas story for the first time. (Photo by Heather Weber)

Some 80 people from all ages were part of staging The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at St. Jacobs (Ont.) Mennonite Church on Dec. 21 and 22. The 1950s era story tells how the rough... Read More
January 15, 2020 | News | Janet Bauman

Proudfoot family portrait of 2018: (left to right) Annora Proudfoot, Robert Proudfoot, Valerie Proudfoot (nee Braun) and Alicia Proudfoot. (Photo by Alicia Proudfoot)

Many individuals dream of writing a book, but it’s not often that an entire family writes a book together. Three generations of artists from the Proudfoot family compiled a book... Read More
January 15, 2020 | People | Joanne De Jong

RJC students increasingly come from non-Mennonite families. Rather than seeing this as a problem, principal Ryan Wood sees it as an opportunity. (Photo from RJC’s Facebook page)

Rosthern Junior College has been a steadfast presence in Mennonite education for almost 115 years. However, decreasing enrolment has prompted the school’s administration and board... Read More
January 15, 2020 | Focus On Education | Donna Schulz

Katrina Steckle, left, is pictured with her first-year Grebel roommate, Madeleine Graham. (Photo courtesy of Katrina Steckle)

My older sister met her best friend at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ont., in 2013. They were paired together as roommates for their first year, and lived together... Read More
January 15, 2020 | Focus On Education | Katrina Steckle

Hannah Larson of Vancouver, Wash., serves with SALT in Siliguri, India, with the West Bengal Voluntary Health Association. (Photo courtesy of Hannah Larson)

In the last few months with Mennonite Central Committee’s Serving and Learning Together program, I have thought often about how we all use stories to communicate. And how... Read More
January 15, 2020 | Focus On Education | Hannah Larson

MCI student body and staff praying for a peer at annual Red Rock retreat. (MCI photo)

I often get asked what draws me to work at a small private Christian school in Gretna, a small rural town in Manitoba. The answer is quite simple: because of the people. It’s not... Read More
January 15, 2020 | Focus On Education | Paul Peters

Randall Koehler is an AMBS MDiv Connect student from Benson, Ill. (Photo by Peter Ringenberg)

Randall Koehler wants to explore how Anabaptist theology might shape the mission of the church in a rural context. Koehler, who lives with his family in Benson, Ill.—a rural... Read More
January 15, 2020 | Web First | Annette Brill Bergstresser

Sarah Johnson, a 2003 alumna of Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener, will speak at a special chapel at the school next month. (Photo courtesy of

Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener, Ont. marks 75 years of mission in 2020. Sarah Johnson, a 2003 alumna, will be the guest speaker at a special Founders’ Day chapel at the... Read More
January 14, 2020 | Web First | Christine Rier

Assembly program committee members Estifanos Gedlu of Ethiopia, Ben Bergey of the United States, Jessica Mondal Lakra of India, Jardeley Martinez of Colombia, Natalie Frisk of Canada, MWC chief events coordinator Liesa Unger, assembly national co-coordinator Agus Setianto and volunteer coordinator Tigist Gelagle are pictured at the Holy Stadium in Semarang, Indonesia, where next year’s global assembly will be held. (MWC photo by Karla Braun)

A six-person program committee met last November to develop the activities and schedule of the 2021 Mennonite World Conference (MWC) global assembly in Indonesia next July. The... Read More
January 13, 2020 | Web First | Mennonite World Conference

Menno Simons students help pack Christmas Child shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse. (Photo courtesy of Menno Simons Christian School)

Over the past few years Menno Simons Christian School in Calgary, Alta. has taken the students on a spiritual journey to explore an upside down kingdom, a world that is the... Read More
January 13, 2020 | Web First | Ann Pan

'This is one of the ways we show God’s love to people.' MCC comforters are sent to places like Jordan, Haiti and Ukraine, where they are used in a variety of ways. (Photo courtesy of YouTube)

Volunteers across Canada are preparing to participate in Mennonite Central Committee’s Great Winter Warm-up . MCC is hoping that these volunteers will produce 6,500 comforters... Read More
January 10, 2020 | Web First | Aaron Epp

Aleksandr Dmitriyenko holds MCC comforters he received in Zhytomyr, Ukraine, in 2016 during distribution to people displaced by violence in the eastern part of the country. (MCC photo by Colin Vandenberg)

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) will kick off its 100-year anniversary celebration in 2020 by bringing together volunteers in Canada, the United States and Europe to make 6,500... Read More
January 10, 2020 | Web First | Linda Espenshade

Harjo Suyitno designed the ‘Cosmic Christ’ cross artwork at Jepara GITJ church in Indonesian gunungan style. (Photo by Karla Braun)

Gunungan is a figure from traditional Indonesian theatre that represents the world. The leaf-shaped art is used frequently around the country, including at the Mennonite church in... Read More
December 31, 2019 | News |

The Friday Night drop-in for kids has been popular with community kids in Black Creek. (Photo by Gerry Binnema)

Gerry Binnema was invited to share news about United Mennonite Church, the con­gregation he pastors in Black Creek, B.C. Here is his creative and tongue-in-cheek response... Read More
December 31, 2019 | News | Gerry Binnema

Irma Fast Dueck presented on baptism to more than 40 pastors and lay leaders at Mennonite Church Manitoba’s Leadership Day in November. (Photo by Darryl Neustaedter Barg)

We are witnessing the first time in history when many young people in Mennonite Church Canada congregations are actively participating in the church but are choosing not to be... Read More
December 31, 2019 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Madelaine Kioke, a Cree artisan, demonstrates hand-stitching on a moccasin while sharing from her family story during “A mile in my moccasins” workshop, sponsored by MCC Ontario’s Indigenous Neighbours program. (Photo by Janet Bauman)

Madelaine Kioke was born in the woods near Attawapiskat, in the James Bay region of northern Ontario, where her parents hunted and trapped. She lived out on the land until she was... Read More
December 31, 2019 | People | Janet Bauman

Eric Berg works on the floor, pinning together the top, batting and lining of a blanket. (Photo by Marlies Berg)

Eric Berg, a member of the St. Catharines (Ont.) United Mennonite Church, has been making blankets and donating them to MCC for a number of years. It all started years ago when he... Read More
December 31, 2019 | People | Maria H. Klassen

Palmer Becker, left, presents a Mandarin version of his Anabaptist Essentials book to Yin Hongtao and Zhang Shaojie. (Photo by Myrrl Byler)

Why are we doing international ministry? As I engage with people in many regional churches I often get this question. It is my favourite question. Don’t ask unless you are... Read More
December 31, 2019 | People | Jeanette Hanson

Refresh Mobile Showers has provided more than 550 showers since May 1. (Photo courtesy of YouTube)

When Henry Penner saw a need in his community, he decided to meet that need. The Abbotsford, B.C. resident, along with King Road Mennonite Brethren Church, operates a mobile... Read More
December 20, 2019 | Web First | Aaron Epp

The Menno Simons Christian School Junior-high band, conducted by Christina Carpenter, performs at a seniors lunch at Foothills Mennonite Church in Calgary on Nov. 28. (Photo by Mackenzie Miller)

In keeping with the season, Canadian Mennonite has wrapped up four Christmas events—from Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia—into one package for your festive reading. CALGARY—... Read More
December 18, 2019 | News | Various Contributors

Dylan Ricci Adams is pictured with a load of carrots on their way to the washing machine. (Photo by Zach Charbonneau)

The work of farmers is difficult. They have to work with the land to bring about a decent crop in order to make a living. And even though they may successfully bring hundreds of... Read More
December 18, 2019 | News | Zach Charbonneau

Three generations of St. Jacobs Mennonite Church share a readers theatre called ‘175 Years by Faith’ during a worship service celebrating its 175th anniversary. Pictured from left to right: Jonah Willms, Doris Kramer and Micah Jarvis sit on a bench from the 1851 meetinghouse at the church’s original location in the unmarked hamlet of Three Bridges. (Photo by Marcia Shantz)

In 1844, just under a half-hectare of land near the east bank of the Conestoga River was purchased from John Brubacher for the sum of five shillings. A log schoolhouse was... Read More
December 18, 2019 | News | Janet Bauman

Greg Wiens assembles glasses on a trip to the West Bank with MCC in 2018. (Photo courtesy of Global Vision 2020 and Multiply)

Adjust the dial. Pick a colour. Pop, snap. A new pair of glasses is ready to wear in five minutes. This is the project of Global Vision 2020 (GV2020), an organization based in the... Read More
December 18, 2019 | People | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe