Who Me A Mennonite? by Teresa Veltman

Who Me A Mennonite?

Have you ever considered becoming a Mennonite? Me neither, at least, not until lately. I don’t know about you, but I had some funny preconceived notions about who Mennonites are. I pictured them as tight-lipped, breadmaking people who scorn all things modern. Given that my quilting and baking skills are minimal and I like to use a computer and watch movies, (among other things), I didn’t see myself as a candidate for such a lifestyle. But guess what? One Sunday morning, I took a risk because of an appealing article written by Gord Alton, the pastor. I attended Community Mennonite Church and received an incredibly warm welcome and learned that my ideas about Mennonites were nothing but stereotypes.

Since that Sunday, almost two years ago, I have found Community Mennonite to be a Christian church of caring, thinking, responsible, people who also like to have a good laugh. There were a few things that struck me about the church that I liked immediately.

Global concern is key for the people of this church. This concern is made evident through programs such as the Canadian Food Grains Growing Project, ecoaction teams, and their relationship with a Muslim community. It is also apparent in their humble attitude towards the disparity we see between the rich and poor countries of the world, as well as their desire to promote peaceful solutions to the conflicts of the world.

It is a family church where young and old are treated equally. Everyone is on a first name basis. Social and learning activities are offered to all ages through various programs such as: Sunday School for all ages, from preschoolers to adults, nursery during worship time, youth fellowship, and small groups.

I also like their philosophy about faith and life which permeates their church life. They recognize that faith is a journey full of highs and lows where everyone has different life experiences. These differences allow us to learn from each other. There is a sense that, together, we can struggle after life’s truths and the way God wants us to live. I found in Community Mennonite church a place where I could feel at peace with my faith.

If you have just moved to Stouffville or if you are looking for a place to nurture your faith and your children’s, you may want to consider Community Mennonite church. I promise you will be warmly welcomed, just as I was.

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