Wellesley Mennonite Church (Wellesley, ON)

Classification scheme: 

Title: Wellesley Mennonite Church fonds

Dates of creation: 1986-2013
Note: Further accruals are expected

Physical description: 20 cm of textual records

Administrative history: The church is located at 157 David St., Wellesley, Ontario. Wellesley Mennonite held its first service 5 September 1975 at the Fellowship Hall in Wellesley. On 2 May 1976 forty six people signed the membership covenant. In June 1976 the congregation purchased a property. Gerald Schwartzentruber, who was part of the emerging group, accepted an invitation to provide pastoral leadership in February 1977. An opening celebration in the new facility was held June 1977.

Wellesley Mennonite joined the Western Ontario Mennonite Conference, which through integration become part of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada. English is spoken exclusively and while the worship style has been traditional, contemporary aspects such as a worship band, intergenerational participation and scripture through drama have been introduced.

Sanctuary and classroom space were added in 1985. In anticipation of additional pastoral leadership, further renovations were completed during the summer of 2001, including increased kitchen space, upgraded heating/ventilation and additional office space.

Custodial history: Accessions have been received from time to time.

Scope and content: There are three series: 1) Formal Records, 2) Informal Records, and 3) Bulletins

Notes: For photographs related to this congregation search the Mennonite Archival Image Database.
For sound recordings related to this congregation, see Hist.Mss.9.25
Further materials related to this congregation may be found by searching the Archives.
An encyclopedia entry for this congregation may be found in GAMEO.
Original description created April 2004 by Sam Steiner

File list:

Series 1: Formal records

  1. Annual Reports and minutes
    1975-2022, 2023 (budget meeting notes only)
  2. Family Directory
    1977, 1980, 1982-1985, 1987-1993, 1995, 2000, 2004, 2007-2008, 2012, 2019
  3. Church Council minutes
    1976-1988, 2007, 2009-2022
  4. Safe Space document
  5. Church Information and profile forms
    1990, 2007, 2008, 2001, 2011
  6. Constitution and bylaws
  7. Anniversary Committee, 1985, 2000, 2010, 2015
    Note: Includes "A brief history of Wellesley Mennonite Church," 2010
  8. Building Committee, 1985
  9. Women's Missionary and Service Commission correspondence, 1974-1991

Series 2: Informal records

  1. Special Programs and Brochures
  2. Early Development, 1974-1977
  3. Service of ordination for Kara Carter, 12 Apr 2015

Series 3: Bulletins

April 1977-1993, 1995-1997, 2000-2022

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