An urban Church in the heart of
serving the needs of Mennonites and friends
The light shines in the darkness & the darkness will not overcome it.
We believe that peace is the will of God. God created the world in peace, and God's peace is mostfully revealed in Jesus Christ, who is our peace and the peace of the whole world. Led by the Holy Spirit, we follow Christ in the way of peace, doing justice, bringing reconciliation, and practicing nonresistance even in the face of violence and warfare.
-From Article 22,
|PEACE & JUSTICE COMMITTEE||Site Français|
The regular worship service starts at 11 a.m. It usually begins with music, scripture reading, special presentations and a children's story. After the children's story, the younger children leave for supervised play. The worship continues with a sermon or meditation, sharing and more singing. The meditation is usually given by our pastor although frequently someone in the congregation or people from the greater Church community are invited to speak.
Music is an important part of the church and the Mennonite tradition. Four-part harmony is common during hymns. People are invited to join in the music in whatever way they may feel the most comfortable. Many of the hymns are chosen from the Mennonite Church hymnal. Sometimes musical contributions come from one or several of the many musically inclined in the congregation.
The church service takes place in English. However, as we live in a French province and as many people in the group are bilingual, sometimes a French hymn is sung or a scripture reading will take place in French. We are linked to French Mennonite congregations north of Montréal.
At 9:45 a.m., prior to worship, all ages are welcome for Sunday School. Themes for adult Sunday School are often announced in church. For children, there are different groups depending on their age-level.
There is an autumn weekend retreat in the country to celebrate the beginning of fall in September. On the first Sunday of Advent, 'Faspa' is another time for gathering with meals in the participants' homes followed by a carol sing at the church. Community meals are also held on Thanksgiving (Canadian), at Easter and sometimes in between.
Other special events that help mark the church year are Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Pentecost, Sunday School Picnic, Arts Evenings, Peace Sunday, and Communion. Once a month after church, plan to stay for a coffee and cakes hour if you can.
Offering and Giving
In response to God's goodness in our lives, we participate by returning some of that generosity to us through tithes and offerings. Locally your gifts provide for church expenses such as Sunday School materials, some mission work, our pastor's salary, the use of the building, and more.
Checks should be made out to Mennonite Fellowship of Montréal. Church giving can be tax deductible. To obtain a receipt, use an envelope or a check with your name on it.
The Mission of
the Mennonite Fellowship of Montréal
An urban, multi-generational, theologically and ethnically diverse Mennonite Christian community, we value participation and shared responsibility.
MFM is here to...
•DISCERN God’s will in a community of believers
•SHARE the Good News of Jesus
•FOSTER individual spiritual growth
•NURTURE households of Christian faith
•ENCOURAGE healing and wholeness
•SUPPORT each other through joys and struggles
•WITNESS through Christian action
•WORK for global peace and seek justice
MFM is here for...
•EACH OTHER our children and the larger community
•THOSE LOOKING for a church home while in Montréal
•THOSE SEEKING TO EXPLORE Anabaptist-based faith issues in a community context
•THOSE QUESTIONING faith
•THOSE SEARCHING for meaning in life
•PEOPLE IN NEED
•REFUGEES in Montréal
MFM in a nutshell...
The Mennonite Fellowship of Montréal ("MFM") is an urban Church which gathers every Sunday for worship as well as for special events that happen throughout the year. It began in 1971 as a house church and grew from there into the fellowship that now meets in space rented from the Maison de l'amitié (House of Friendship) on Duluth Avenue. A trademark of the church is the involvement of many participants who you will see in roles such as worship leader, song leader, story teller, preacher, Sunday School Teacher, refreshments manager, clean-up initiator and committee member. The fact that the chairs at the Fellowship are set in a half-circle is significant. Fostering the well being of each member of the group is an important part of church. Every Sunday, time is set aside for reflection, the sharing of joys and concerns as well as for announcements and prayer.
Who attends the Mennonite Fellowship?
We come from all walks of life. Many of us grew up in mennonite churches in Canada and the US and have migrated to Montreal for diverse reasons. There are also many people who come from other church backgrounds or no church background. Visitors and friends are always welcome. Should you be seeking a church community in the region of Montréal, Québec, we hope that with time you will make ties here that are rewarding for you.
Committees in MFM
The Church Council is the governing body of the fellowship. A worship committee plans and gives direction to the time of worship. Elders give spiritual oversight to the life of the congregation.
Other responsibilities include the Food Committee, the Music Committee, Clean-up Committee, Child Care Coordinator, Sunday School Superintendent and church publications Reporter.
Who are the Mennonites?
The word "Mennonite" describes both a faith and a culture. The covenant that guides Mennonite belief stresses peace theology, adult baptism, non-swearing of oaths, the sharing of gifts and needs as well as striving to discern and follow the will of God both corporately and individually. Culturally, there is a lot of diversity in the Mennonite church. Stemming from the radical arm of the Reformation in the 16th century, people of Swiss, Dutch and German backgrounds have dominated the ethnic landscape of the church in North America for a long time. Mission work has drawn in many other cultural groups in recent years. However, background aside, things such as living a simple lifestyle, community, stewardship, potlucks and quilting all can be part of the picture. As a city church, MFM creates its own characteristics. You will see the mark of Montréal and the personalities of MFM's current participants on its own style and practices.
MFM Conference affiliation
A work of the Mennonite Church in Québec, La Maison de l'amitié seeks to respond to the needs of refugees in Montréal. It offers courses, social activities, lodging and other assistance to people seeking to integrate into Canadian life.
The Relation between the House of Friendship and MFM
The two organizations are separate entities although they are both affiliated with the Mennonite Church. In fact, there are many people in the church who are active in the House of Friendship and it is not uncommon for visitors at the House of Friendship to attend the church. However, the Mennonite Fellowship rents space from the House of Friendship for its activities and being a part of Mennonite Fellowship does not automatically make you a part of the House of Friendship and its activities (or vice-versa).
For more information on the House of Friendship,
just check out the posters in the lobby or visit it's webpage at:
Congregation members who wish to lend financial support to the House of Friendship can do so by placing a separate specially designated envelope in the offering plate.