Fonds BC-506 - Horndean Mennonite Brethren Church, Horndean, Manitoba fonds

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Horndean Mennonite Brethren Church, Horndean, Manitoba fonds

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  • 1921-1983 (Creation)

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10 cm of textual records

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During the 1920s vacation Bible schools were conducted in the Horndean area under the Canadian Sunday School Mission. When the Steinreich school was moved into Horndean in 1932 regular worship services were conducted by the Sommerfelder, Bergthaler and Mennonite Brethren church. Churches in the area were assigned to lead different Sundays. Grossweide MB Church was responsible for every second Sunday. The Mennonite Brethren presence became more pronounced in 1952 when the Manitoba M.B. Conference moved a chapel from Altona to Horndean and a number of the families who attended the mission joined the Mennonite Brethren group. The leadership for this mission (called the Horndean Gospel Light Mission) was also provided by John J. Neufeld, leader of the Grossweide MB Church. When the church in Grossweide was destroyed by fire in 1953, their members joined the church in Horndean for worship. The attendance grew rapidly but returned back to the original number after a new church building was completed at Grossweide. Because of urbanization and many young people moving away, the attendance at both Grossweide and Horndean churches dropped. The Manitoba MB Conference encouraged the two groups to join together. This decision was made in 1964. The Horndean Church was closed and the Grossweide Church was relocated to Horndean. The official merger was celebrated at a special service on November 15, 1964. The church was officially accepted into the Manitoba conference in 1965. In the sixties and seventies, the membership declined greatly. The church eventually closed in 1983. The leaders of the church included: John J. Neufeld, Abe Quiring (1953-1959); Peter W. Martens (1959-1962); Student Pastors (1962-1964) — Ernie Isaac, Peter J. Loewen, and Henry Willms; John Froese (1965-1967), Peter W. Martens (1967-1973), Isaac B. Hildebrandt (1973-1975), Jake G. Neufeld and Theodore Martens (1975-1982), William Schroeder (1983).

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Some of the material was submitted to the archives by William. Schroeder on November 2, 1992. Other records came to the archives in the summer of 1992 with the materials from the Winkler MB Church where the Horndean material had been left after the closing.

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This fonds includes historical sketches, bulletins, baptism and membership records, minutes from annual meetings, congregational, council and music committee meetings, and financial ledgers.

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